FORMER England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has condemned a group of yobs after shocking footage emerged of two police officers being attacked on duty while attending to an apparent assault victim in East London.
A sickening video has circulated on social media of a police officer being pinned to the ground and beaten, while a female colleague is pushed trying to intervene, during an incident in Hackney on Wednesday afternoon. Footage shows several men, including one holding a baseball bat, surrounding a male police officer on the floor while swearing, shouting and filming on their phones – one even attempts to take a selfie picture.
A Met Police spokeswoman said the officers had been flagged down by a member of the public on Frampton Park Road, who said they had been attacked and pointed them towards the suspects.
Two men, aged 20 and 38, have been arrested on suspicion of assault on police.
The force confirmed two officers suffered minor injuries in the incident but did not require hospital treatment.
The video of the incident has since been widely circulated on social media and condemned by police chiefs, Government officials and sportsmen.
Michael Vaughan wrote on Twitter: “People attacking police officers on duty whilst they were trying to sort out someone for assault… then taking selfies!!!!! What the f**k is going on in our society.”
In a statement, the Met said: “As an officer attempted to speak with those involved, one of the men resisted and a struggle ensued.
“A number of other people became involved whilst the officer was on the ground.”
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “Yet again this starkly shows the dangers [officers]face and the bravery they show each and every day keeping Londoners safe.
“We are not society’s punchbags. We have families we want to go home to at the end of every shift, but the dangers are stark and seemingly escalating.”
Superintendent Martin Rolston said: “This incident, which was captured on someone’s mobile phone is truly shocking.
“My officers went to the assistance of a member of the public – who asked for their help – after stating that they had been assaulted.
“What happened next is a reminder of the risks our officers take whilst going about their duties.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote on Twitter: “Sickening, shocking & disgraceful.
“My thoughts are with the outstanding officers who were subject to this disgusting violent attack.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also condemned the violent scenes on the streets of the capital and called for anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “I utterly condemn the disgraceful attack on two Metropolitan Police officers.
“These brave officers were doing their duty and assisting the public. We owe them a debt of gratitude and I wish them a full and speedy recovery.
“Attacks on our police will not be tolerated. I urge anyone with information to come forward to ensure the perpetrators of this disgusting attack feel the full force of the law.”