A police officer is in a serious condition in hospital with a head injury after being assaulted while on duty.
Police say the Cambridgeshire Constabulary response officer, who is in his 20s, was assaulted while conducting a welfare check at a property in Ledbury Road, in the city of Peterborough, at 5pm on Monday afternoon.
Chief Constable Nick Dean said his thoughts were with the officer, whose injuries are a “shocking reminder of the dangers officers and staff face every day”.
The officer, who worked in the north of the county of Cambridgeshire, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a serious but stable condition, a spokesperson for the force said.
A man has been charged in connection with the incident and is due to appear at court today.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson confirmed that the officer suffered a head injury and no weapons were used in the alleged assault.
Chief Constable Dean said: “My officers and staff work tirelessly to keep our communities safe but sadly, they are regularly subjected to violence which too often results in injury.
“This is a shocking reminder of the dangers officers and staff face every day in their role to protect the public.
“Assaults against police officers and staff should never be just ‘part of the job’ and it is outrageous to see this officer has been severely assaulted while on duty and trying to help.
“My full support and thoughts are with the officer, his colleagues and his family while he recovers in hospital.”
Joshua Gull, 27, of Herne Road, Oundle, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent in connection with the incident and was due to appear virtually at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court this morning.