Sus­pect spat blood at of­fi­cer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sam Wil­liams

A po­lice of­fi­cer was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a sus­pect spat blood in his face.

The of­fi­cer had to have a blood test af­ter­wards but is not said to have been se­ri­ously hurt.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened af­ter po­lice were called to a re­port of a dis­tur­bance at a house in Es­set­ford Road, South Ash­ford, at 3.35am on Sun­day.

A 34-year-old man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of crim­i­nal dam­age and was taken into cus­tody.

But while in the po­lice van he re­port­edly in­jured him­self by head-butting part of the ve­hi­cle.

Then, while be­ing treated, he is said to have spat blood at one of the of­fi­cers.

The po­lice­man at­tended hos­pi­tal and had a blood test but was not oth­er­wise hurt.

Ash­ford’s po­lice team tweeted their grat­i­tude to med­i­cal staff for help­ing the of­fi­cer.

@kent­po­liceash said: “Thanks @NHSEastKent for look­ing af­ter our of­fi­cer who had blood spat in his face. Sus­pect un­der ar­rest and no risk to the pub­lic.”

They also said: “A wor­ry­ing few months now for the of­fi­cer wait­ing for HIV check ups/re­sults.”

The sus­pect was taken into cus­tody but has now been bailed un­til this Sun­day.

A po­lice spokesman said of­fi­cers had been re­spond­ing to a re­port of a dis­tur­bance at a pri­vate res­i­den­tial ad­dress in the road. He added: “While tak­ing the man into cus­tody, he is re­ported to have in­jured him­self by head­but­ting the cell in­side the po­lice van.”

The spokesman added: “It is stan­dard prac­tise for of­fi­cers who come into con­tact with blood to have blood tests at hos­pi­tal.”

The Ver­ano Quin­tet dur­ing their lunchtime con­cert in the Verdi restau­rant at the Royal Al­bert Hall

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