Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a female police officer was assaulted in Soho.
On Wednesday, 4 November, officers from the West End Central Proactive Partnership Team were on duty patrolling in Soho along Old Compton Street, W1, in preparation for bars and pubs closing at 10pm, prior to national covid restrictions coming into effect from midnight.
At approximately 10.05pm, a member of the public was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour at the junction of Old Compton Street with Frith Street, W1D.
As officers moved the arrested individual away from the assembled crowd along Frith Street towards Romilly Street, the officer was struck on the back of her neck by a glass bottle.
PC Jack Greaves, investigating, said: “This was both a cowardly and dangerous action that could have had much more serious consequences for the officer. Thankfully she was not seriously harmed. I am confident that someone will know who this person is and I would ask them to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Likewise, if you recognise yourself in this image do the right thing now and come forward.”
“I am aware that this incident has been widely shared on social media, I am still very keen to hear from anyone who has information that could identify those involved.”
“I also want to offer a reminder that police officers are just like you, we put ourselves in harm’s way to protect you. No officer should have to face being assaulted at work.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD 5926/04Nov, or Crimestoppers, 100 per cent anonymously,on 0800 555 111.