Off-duty officer assists arrest after Thanet assaults
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An off-duty police officer stepped in to assist with the arrest of a suspected shoplifter following two assaults in Thanet.
Shortly after 3pm on Tuesday 24 August 2021, an officer working at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre near Broadstairs was alerted to suspected shoplifters in the area.
The officer approached one of those suspected of shoplifting, who then tried to leave the area, leading to his arrest.
During the arrest, the officer involved was struck three times to the back. Another officer, who was off-duty but shopping in the area, came to assist.
A security guard was also assaulted during the incident and later required hospital treatment.
A 15-year-old boy from Canterbury was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker, assault and theft. He has since been released under investigation while enquiries into the incident continue.
Thanet District Commander Chief Inspector Rhiannan Pepper said: 'It is completely unacceptable that any member of the police team should be assaulted while trying to carry out their duties. Assaults of this kind should never be considered part of the job.
'I would like the commend the actions of the off-duty officer who saw what was happening and immediately went to assist her on-duty colleague, ensuring the incident did not become more serious.'