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Police officer injured after dispersing group of 20 people in Mildenhall

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A police officer was injured after dispersing a gathering of 20 people in Mildenhall on Saturday.

At about 8.30pm officers received a report of about 20 people gathering in the Peterhouse Close area.

Police advised them to return to their homes which they did but one man became abusive and after failing to adhere to advice he was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

Arrest. Stock image
Arrest. Stock image

Whilst being arrested, a female officer was injured with her wrist suffering swelling and bruising.

The suspect was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Colin Faley, 43, of Peterhouse Close in Mildenhall, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assault of a police officer.

He was released on police bail to appear before Ipswich Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, June 9 at 9.15am.

In another incident over the weekend, officers were dealing with a disturbance between a male and a female in London Road South, Lowestoft on Sunday, April 26 at about 7.50pm.

A woman was arrested on suspicion for being drink and disorderly after refusing to go home and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

The suspect, whilst in custody, coughed in the face of an officer – she was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault on an emergency worker.

Tallulah Sparksman, 28, of London Road South in Lowestoft, was charged with assault on an emergency worker and for being drunk and disorderly.

She was released on police bail to appear before Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court on 25 May at 9.30am.

Chief Constable Steve Jupp said: "Such incidents where my officers, and indeed all emergency staff and key workers such as NHS staff, are physically and verbally abused, simply will not be tolerated and action to prosecute such individuals will be taken.

"It is completely unacceptable to assault a person who is simply going out to do their job and do their best to serve the community, particularly at this time where this behaviour causes increased risk and anxiety to the officers and their families through fear of infection.

"Our priority remains to protect the people of Suffolk.

"That includes those who may put themselves and others - including my officers - at risk by not taking notice of the Government’s instructions.

"Please remember, incidents of large social gatherings are still not acceptable –and although it is just a very small minority, this pushing of the limits of what is acceptable needs to stop.

"Use your common sense to ensure we all play a role in saying at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”