Police attacked by city gang

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A police officer was knocked unconscious during a ‘disgraceful’ attack by a group of men in Preston.

Police are appealing for information after the officer, who was on patrol at the time, was attacked from behind just before 8pm on Saturday night.

He was patrolling the Duke Street and Albyn Bank Road area in Avenham when police say he was approached by a group of around 10 men, some of them youths.

He was attacked from behind and knocked unconscious. Police became aware of the incident when they were alerted by a 
member of the public.

DCI Ian Dawson of Preston Police, urged anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “This is a disgraceful incident against a highly respected police officer who was simply doing his job and trying to keep the community safe.

“Our investigation is still 
ongoing and a number of other people are actively being sought.

“I would urge anybody who was in the Avenham area around 8pm on Saturday who thinks they may have witnessed this assault, or with any information that could assist with our investigation, to come forward and call Lancashire Police on 101.

“Fortunately incidents of this nature are rare but they will not be tolerated and we need the public’s help to bring those responsible to justice.”

The officer was taken unconscious to the Royal Preston Hospital. He later regained consciousness and was treated for cuts and bruises to the face. He is now recovering at home.

Seven males aged between 14 and 32, all from the Preston area, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and are currently in police custody.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.