Police officer hospitalised after being attacked in the street

A police officer was left in 'horrendous pain' and needing 'months of rehabilition' after he was assaulted during his night shift.

Friday, 2nd August 2019, 9:36 am
Traffic constable David Minto was hospitalised after being assaulted on his nightshift on Wednesday night

North Yorkshire Police traffic constable David Minto needed hospital treatment after the attack near Harrogate left him with 'complex' fractures to his leg.

In a tweet, the constable wrote: "My night shift didn’t go as I’d have liked. I attended an incident in Boroughbridge just after midnight today. It culminated in me lying on the road in horrendous pain after being assaulted.

"As you can see my injuries are not ideal.

The constable was left with complex fractures to his fibula and tibia

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"I have sustained complex fractures to both my fibula and tibia.

"I’ve had surgery today and now under orders to remain in bed. Thank you to all who have sent me well-wishes and visited to date.

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"The surgeon and his team have done a tremendous job I thank them enormously for their efforts.

He will need months of rehabilitation after the assault

"Also the doctors’ and nurses’ support since I was brought in. Our NHS is very special and second-to-none.

"Now, it is months of rehabilitation ahead of me."

Assaults on police officers is a rising issue in the region.

Figures published last month revealed assaults on officers in West Yorkshire were up 40% in the past year, while North Yorkshire Police said there were around ten assaults on the force's staff each month.

Between 2017 and 2018, there were nearly 500 attacks on officers in South Yorkshire, around half of which resulted in an injury.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "Officers responded to reports of a violent incident in Boroughbridge at around 11.45pm on Wednesday 31 July.

"As a result, a North Yorkshire Police Traffic Constable sustained serious injuries to his leg.

"A 36 year-old man and a 15 year-old boy were arrested in connection with the incident.

"The 36 year-old has been charged with wounding with intent to resist or prevent arrest and being being drunk and disroderly and is due to appear at court. The boy has been released on bail."