Police officer suffers severe face injuries while trying to arrest suspect in Bristol in latest cop 'attack'

A COP has suffered severe injuries to his face while on duty in Bristol in the latest brutal attack on police in the UK.

The officer was attempting to stop a suspect in a suspicious vehicle when he was attacked at around 7pm yesterday.

He was rushed to hospital for surgery but is in a stable condition, police confirmed.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said: "At about 7pm yesterday (August 20), a suspicious vehicle was seen by officers outside a building supplies company in Staple Hill. The car drove off and was spotted by officers a short time later in Kensington Road.

"When officers approached the vehicle, the three occupants got out and ran off in different directions.

"One of the suspects was seen heading along a footpath off Acacia Road and an officer chased after him. While detaining the suspect the officer has suffered some severe facial injuries."

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

Cops also arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

The horror comes after a spate of violent attacks on British police officers while on duty.

PC Andrew Harper last week became the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty since PC Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack in 2017.

The 28-year-old was killed after being hit by a suspected getaway vehicle while responding to a burglary on Thursday in Berkshire.

He was due to go on honeymoon next week with his new wife, Lissie, 28, next week, just four weeks after they married.

Jed Foster, 20, has been charged with PC Harper's murder and is due to stand trial next year.

A week before the tragedy, PC Stuart Outten, 28, was stabbed in the head as he tried to stop a van in Leyton, East London but managed to Taser the suspects.

And earlier this month, PC Gareth Phillips, 42, suffered a head injury and broken pelvis after stopping a suspected stolen car in Birmingham.

While in Northern Ireland, officers were "lucky to be alive" after being lured to a bomb blast on the border.

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