Police were headbutted, punched and spat on in a wild late-night attack that eyewitnesses have described as
Condemning the attack which took place in the early hours of Sunday, a top Scarborough inspector has vowed to take a “zero tolerance” approach to police attacks - and adds those responsible can expect to feel the full force of the law.
And Inspector Andy Short has praised nearby doormen, who rushed to the rescue of officers, after they were swarmed on in the St Thomas Street attack.
As stunned revellers watched on, Boleyn’s’ nightclub security raced to break up the melée, which the hardened security staff say is the worst attack on police they’ve seen to date in Scarborough.
Door staff say they were only doing what anyone would, but Inspector Short said: “I’d like to thank the door staff from the nightclub, who stepped in to assist officers arresting those involved.”
Since the assault, police have scoured CCTV footage of the incident, which took place at around 3.30am.
Six people were subsequently arrested, four of whom have been charged. The other two have been bailed.
Three men aged 18, 19 and 20, have been charged with assaulting a police officer, obstructing a police officer and using threatening words or behaviour. A fourth man, aged 20, has been charged with being drunk and disorderly.
They are due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday November 11.
Onlookers say that the attack began outside of a takeaway at the town centre end of the street, before rapidly spilling up towards Boleyn’s before the door staff helped police to bring it to an end.
The commotion began when police were attempting to make arrests, before the officers were pounced upon.
Despite the violent nature of the assault, no officer was seriously injured, and a colleague tweeted that some were back at work just days after the attack.
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