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Force and federation condemn 'despicable and sustained' attack.

Attack scene: Screengrab from a Crimewatch Basildon video

Attack scene: Screengrab from a Crimewatch Basildon video

Date - 7th May 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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Police have condemned a “despicable” attack on officers threatened with a hammer and hospitalised after being doused in petrol.

Six people remain in custody in connection with the incident that saw two Essex officers treated for the effects of petrol being thrown over their heads and in their faces.

Two women, a boy and three men were arrested on Sunday in Canvey, Basildon, following a police response to an incident involving a stolen motorbike.

Two officers were taken to hospital to have their eyes washed and three others were doused with water at the scene but the force said they did not anticipate any "long-term harm" for those affected.

Officers were responding to reports that a motorcycle was being driven dangerously along footpaths, through underpasses and on roads in the area.

Essex Police followed the bike with assistance from the police  helicopter and the rider was later detained.

Essex Police Federation chairman Steve Taylor said: "This was a despicable, sustained attack on our Essex Police colleagues dealing with criminals in our county.

"Having been physically attacked whilst arresting two suspects, five brave police officers were also doused in petrol – two of whom were hospitalised as it was in their eyes and mouth.

"Police officers do not come to work to be attacked – and we join right-minded members of the public in being appalled at this latest incident.

"Thankfully our colleagues involved are recovering but this scary situation could have been so much worse. The force and federation will continue to support them.

"More than 750 Essex officers were assaulted in the line of duty last year – we must ensure the full force of the law is used against those who think attacking police officers is acceptable."

Superintendent Jonathan Baldwin added: "I am proud of the way my officers dealt with this incident, acting professionally and with dignity in the face of certain individuals who appeared intent on causing trouble.

"To be assaulted while simply doing our jobs – helping to keep our county safe and dealing with criminal and violent behaviour – is completely unacceptable under any circumstance.

"But, to have petrol thrown over their heads and in their eyes as my officers experienced, is a despicable act of violence which we will seek to prosecute to the full extent of the law."

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I had a petrol bomb thrown over my head in 1986, fortunately it was meant for a group of skinheads who were in confrontation with a group of Joey's, smart casual types. They then rioted with me in the middle, it was terrifying. All I could do was report until cavalry arrived. One you colleague, still in probation was kicked in the ankle which was completely shattered so badly he was retired on ill health as he had a permanent disability. I locked the idiot up and he was done for S18 GBH, he got four years for destroying my colleague's career, that's all. Even though petrol bombs were thrown, one youth was burned, my colleague invalided out, masses of damage done to shops and loads of fights. We had for several hours lost control but it was before the POA and had the CC described it as a riot the Police Authority would have been held responsible for the damage. So no one was done for riot.

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