Boy, 14, arrested as PCSO hit with rock and officer punched in Walsall

By Dayna Farrington | Walsall | News | Published:

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a Police Community Support Officer was hit across the head with a rock and a police officer was punched.

The PCSO was on routine patrol in Walsall when she found a dumped stolen motorbike in Turnstone Road, Blakenall, at around 4.45pm on Thursday.

She was then approached by someone wearing a balaclava who hit her with a rock and threatened to stab her.

Despite suffering a head injury she managed to raise the alarm as the attacker fled on foot across nearby playing fields.

The suspect was seen getting into a van which was stopped not far away by West Midlands Police response officers in Slacky Lane.

The boy was arrested from the van and during the arrest a police officer was punched in his stomach.

The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and theft of a motor vehicle and remained in custody for questioning on Friday morning.

The PCSO was treated for a head injury but was not seriously injured.

Inspector Tony Eustace, from Walsall Police, said: "It’s appalling and unacceptable that our PCSO was attacked like this.

"She was out patrolling the streets as visual presence to help others – not be struck with a brick.

"Another officer was also assaulted and I am sure most people will agree that such actions are deplorable."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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