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News Release

Police officer assaulted

Dated: 15 Feb 2012

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Police are investigating an assault on a police officer which occurred at Ryton Cemetery on Cushy Cow Lane, Ryton

It happened at 8.35pm on Tuesday, February 14 when a neighbourhood police officer, aged 39 approached two men acting suspiciously in the grave yard. One of the men ran off and the other man assaulted the officer with bladed instrument causing him a gash to his head and cut to his arm. The officer was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries and later released to recover at home.

The first man is described as white, aged in his late teens or early 20s, between 5ft 10ins and 5ft 11ins tall and of a thin build. He was wearing dark clothing and a woolly hat. The second man is also described as white in his late teens or early 20s, 5ft 8ins tall and of a thin build - again wearing dark clothing and a woollen hat.        

Chief Supt Graham Davis, Area Commander for Gateshead "This was an attack on a well known and respected Neighbourhood officer and violence of this nature, towards members of the public or our officers, will not be tolerated.

"An assault of this nature could have had far more serious consequences.

"This is a very unusual incident to happen in Ryton and I'd urge anyone who was in the Cushy Cow Lane area last night to come forward. People can call police or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. Even the smallest piece of information could prove significant to the investigation.

"Any calls received will be treated in the strictest confidence."

An extensive police investigation is underway and officers are completing house-to house enquiries,  a finger-tip search and studying CCTV.

Anyone with information or who recognises one or both of the men from their descriptions is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.