A man has been arrested after a police officer was assaulted in York this morning (8 March).

The community support officer was punched in the face, sustaining a suspected broken nose. The incident happened at around 10am outside the Central Methodist Church on St Saviourgate.

The offender then tried to strike another officer as he ran off towards Shambles Market.


Posting on their Facebook page, York city police said:

  • If you were in the city centre around 10am and saw a big police presence this was because one of our officers has been assaulted in a totally unprovoked attack.

    We had officers and members of the public in pursuit and it was great to see such public support. We also had two officers on plain cycles searching for the offender.

    I am pleased to say the offender was caught and will now face the justice system.

‘Totally unacceptable’

A 43-year-old York man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker, and one count of Section 18 wounding.

The PCSO was taken to hospital for treatment for a suspected broken nose.

“The officer was only doing his job and being assaulted in such a way is totally unacceptable,” the police wrote on Facebook.

“I do hope the officer recovers both physically and mentally and we will do all we can to make sure he does.”