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31-year-old Robert Church of Steep Hill Road, Shanklin has been charged with assaulting 3 Police officers whilst they were executing their duty at an address in Ryde yesterday (Saturday).

As exclusively reported by Island Echo earlier today, 1 officer suffered a suspected broken nose in the incident, whilst another was bitten on the hand. A third officer suffered impact injuries. The trio were responding to a reported disturbance at School Street, Oakfield.

Hampshire Constabulary has now confirmed that Robert Church has been charged with 4 offences – criminal damage and 3 counts of assault by beating against the officers.

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Police say that 2 of the injured officers attended St Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

Church has been remanded in custody and will appear before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (Monday).

A spokesperson for the Police has said:

“This sort of incident highlights the danger our officers face every day. We all accept that being assaulted and/or injured is a potential hazard in our roles, but this never makes it acceptable. No one, no matter what their role or job, goes to work to be assaulted like this”.


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