Arrests after police medic assaulted during “Free Tommy Robinson” protest

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Police appealing for the public’s assistance in identifying two males after a police medic was dragged to the ground and assaulted during a violent protest have made an arrest. 

On the evening of Tuesday, 6 August a 51-year-old voluntarily attended and central London police station and was arrested on suspicion of ABH. He remains in police custody.

Police are now asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a second man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

On Saturday 3 August supporters of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon staged a protest dubbed “Free Tommy Robinson” in central London. An associated counter-protest by groups including “Stop Tommy Robinson” and “Stand up to Racism” was also held in the same location.

At approximately 13:20hrs a group of protestors attempted to physically breach a police cordon.

During this incident a police medic was pulled to the ground and kicked in the head by a male.

A video of this assault has been widely circulated on social media. The incident was also captured on the officer’s Body Worn Video (BWV).

Superintendent Roy Smith, who policed Saturday’s demonstration, said: “Attacks on police officers, as with an attack on any emergency service worker, are attacks on the basic fabric of a civilised society.

“The sole purpose of deploying police medics to an event is to ensure the safety of those attending and provide care to those who require it.

“We have a dedicated team in place to investigate incidents like this at public order events, and rest assured we will not stop until those responsible are identified and brought to justice.

“I would urge anyone who has information relating to this sickening and cowardly attack to come forward, which you can do in complete confidence. I appeal to those involved, those who were with them on the day, or those who know who they are to do the right thing and come forward.”

Anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has any information about the violence which occurred as part of these protests can speak to the Public Order Investigation Team directly on 0208 246 0076 quoting the image number or e-mail liam.day@met.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference 6552636/19 and the image number. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call.

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