Police say 40 officers assaulted in Bristol but none suffered broken bones

Bristol Police say they made “significant progress” as they continued investigating violent scenes in downtown Bristol over the weekend and confirm no officers have broken limbs.

A police station was attacked on Sunday evening, officers injured and a van was set on fire by violent thugs.

Two other people, a 20-year-old man and a man who refuses to provide details, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and are in custody. This brings the total number of arrests to nine so far.

Avon and Somerset Police said they are currently investigating attacks on 40 officers and a member of the media.

They added that after a full medical examination of the two hospitalized officers, no confirmed broken bones were found.

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Chief Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said, “As we have said from the start, this will be an extensive investigation that has the potential to be one of the largest in our history.

“The fact that we are investigating 40 attacks on officials and one member of the media as a result of an incident shows the extent of the wanton disturbance that took place that night.

“We believe that by carefully examining digital footage worth more than two terabytes, we will make clear progress in identifying those responsible and expect more images to be released soon.

“One of the people we believe we have already identified is a suspect in the fire that destroyed a community mobile police station.

“We would like to thank every member of the public who contacted us to provide footage and information or to pass on their good wishes and kind thoughts.”


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