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London police officer knocked unconscious in “disgraceful” assault

A LONDON police officer has been knocked unconscious in an “absolutely disgraceful” attack.

The cop was assaulted while making an arrest around 5pm in Hackney, East London yesterday evening with the Met blasting the cowardly attack.

It comes as shocking new figures revealed attacks on London police officers rocketed by almost 40 per cent during lockdown.

Cops were called to reports of a man throwing glasses at a pub on Mare Street.

While arresting him the male officer was thrown against a wall and lost consciousness momentarily after hitting his head.

 A 46-year-old man has been arrested as the force vowed to use “the full weight of justice”.

The officer was rushed hospital after cutting his head. His injuries aren’t life threatening.

Another officer used PAVA spray as they detained the man while back up police units scrambled to the scene.

Marcus Barnett, borough commander for Hackney Police, said: “This is another shocking and disgraceful example of the dangers faced by officers who day in and day out do their utmost to keep Londoners safe.

“It is important to remember that police officers are ordinary people who come into work every day not knowing what they will face and they deserve our support.

“My thoughts are with my injured officer and his family.”

Cmdr Barnett hailed officers as “ordinary men and women” who do “extraordinary things”.

Recent Met Police figures recorded 2,027 assaults on cops between May and July, a 38 per cent leap on the same period in 2019.

Scotland Yard partly blamed the rise in attacks on protests and unlicensed music events that turned violent.

Last night’s callous attack comes during a summer of tension in the capital, with dozens of frontline cops injured during far-right and BLM protests.

Officers have also been attacked by mobs at lockdown block parties across London.

A London officer injured on duty in 2018 has spoken out about the recent spike in attacks.

Pc Nick Morley, 28, suffered a broken wrist and injuries to his leg after being hurled from a moving car in Thornton Heath, South London.

He said he was “lucky to escape with his life” after falling from a suspect’s getaway Mercedes, which was travelling at 50mph.

Pc Morley said: “I’m not scared, but now as a supervisor it surprises me how often PCs get assaulted on a daily basis.

“In my opinion its getting worse and I don’t know how to stop that.”

A Met Police spokesman said assaults can have “long-term effects” on officers.

Cmdr Barnett added: “What you must understand is officers are just ordinary men & women, like you – who simply chose to serve and in doing so do extraordinary things.”

Police have also been attacked by missile-throwing mobs at unlicensed music events in the capital

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