Six police attacked and sexually assaulted leaving three in hospital

Officers were punched, kicked, headbutted and spat on during three separate incidents across Lanarkshire.

Six Police Scotland officers attacked and sexually assaulted leaving three in hospital in Lanarkshire iStock

Six police were punched, kicked, headbutted, spat on and sexually assaulted in one day leaving three in hospital.

The officers were subject to physical and verbal attacks in three separate incidents across Lanarkshire.

At around 12.20pm on Thursday, three officers, two male and one female, were sent to Fernbrae Avenue in Rutherglen.

All three were left with injuries that required hospital treatment after the disturbance that resulted in the charging of a 27-year-old man.

Earlier that day, at around 11.45am on Kilsyth Main Street, two male officers were assaulted during the arrest of a 15-year-old boy. Neither required medical treatment and were able to continue their duties.

The third incident within 24 hours took place that night when, at around 2.50am on Friday, January 13, an officer was assaulted in Law, Carluke.

A 17-year-old male was arrested during the incident.

Chief superintendent Stevie Dolan, divisional commander for Lanarkshire, said: “On Thursday, January 12, into Friday, January 13, 2023, six officers attending three separate incidents within Lanarkshire were subject to physical and verbal assaults.

“Abuse and assault is simply not part of the job for police officers and will not be tolerated.

“These officers were carrying out their roles, serving local communities and protecting the public, when these incidents happened.

“We will continue to work to improve officer safety and with our criminal justice partners to ensure those responsible are held to account for their actions.”