PCSOs under attack by gang in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 10:18 15 August 2011 | UPDATED: 10:27 15 August 2011

The police came under attack from suspected looters in Thamesmead town centre

The police came under attack from suspected looters in Thamesmead town centre

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Five PCSOs and a police officer came under attack from a group of approximately 30 youths wearing marks.

As the police approached a group of eight youths wearing masks and carrying bags, about another 30 jumped out from behind bushes and cars, at 10.30pm last Tuesday.

One of them demanded PCSO Tony Weddell’s personal radio but when he refused the group surrounded him and he was punched and knocked to the floor. He was also kicked in the head and was left with cuts and swelling.

His fellow PCSO Lucy Felstead was also kicked and nearly knocked to the floor.

But PC Paul Martyn and the other PCSOs managed to chase them off.

PC Martyn said: “They were shaken by the events however they continued to patrol that night and have done so since.”

More Special Constables have been called upon to help the police with the riots last week. In one 24 hour period last week 1,415 Special Constables worked, compared with an average day of around 270 Special Constables on shift.

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