There is a significant policing presence in Pitsea this evening after four police officers were assaulted while on duty in the area.
Two officers were carrying out enquiries in Elm Green on a separate matter shortly after 3.30pm today when they began speaking with a motorcyclist who they suspected of being too young to ride and who was not wearing a safety helmet.
During that exchange, the rider attempted to drive off towards the officers; a man and a woman.
Whilst the officers attempted to deal with the incident and make an arrest, a group of people gathered at the scene, some of whom then assaulted the officers.
Both officers sustained injuries, but did continue to make an arrest.
During the incident, officers quickly responded to help their colleagues. As they did so, two of them were also assaulted. They did not sustain serious injury and also remained on duty.
A number of items were taken from the first officers during the confrontation, which police are seeking to recover, and two police cars also had tyres slashed.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault of an emergency worker and possession of a bladed article.
A 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and obstructing a police officer.
Enquiries to locate other people believed to havee been involved are ongoing.
Detective Inspector Nick Brunton said: “Those who know they were involved in this incident in any way can be assured, we will be collating evidence to identify you and you can expect a knock on your door.
“We do not tolerate assaults on our officers. The officers who were in Elm Green were there in order to help the community. Instead, they have sustained injuries after being assaulted by several people simply for having the courage to carry out their duty.
“Thankfully none of the four officers who were hurt were seriously injured, but this incident could have ended up being significantly worse.
“As a result, there will be a significant policing presence in the area this evening and I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident or has information on it to get in touch.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident, has doorbell or mobile phone footage of it can submit a report on the police website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.
Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about the website reporting services.
Alternatively, you can call 101. Please quote incident 887 of July 23 in any correspondence.
If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.