Officer injured while making arrest in Southend

A police officer responding to a reported incident of shop theft in Southend has suffered a serious injury while making an arrest.

Officers with the Southend Town Centre Team had attended reports of someone leaving a shop in High Street without paying for goods at around 3.30pm yesterfday, Saturday April 20.

It was further reported threats had been made an assault allegedly carried out on security staff and a member of public.

Officers promptly detained a man and placed him in handcuffs.

During an ensuing struggle, an officer sustained a serious injury to his ankle.

A 34-year-old man, of no fixed address was detained for questioning on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.