An angry mob turned on police officers in a UK street, surrounding them, pushing and grabbing them in terrifying scenes.
A female police officer was chinned as the crowd turned on them when they responded to a man with nunchucks down his trousers.
One copper told Channel 5 documentary series Police Code Zero: Police Under Attack, that the incident was “one of the most frightening of my career”.
What began as a routine report saw officers head to Southfield Road in Ashby, Scunthorpe, on May 24, 2019, GrimsbyLive reports.
A report had come in of a man in the street with weapons, and when PC Emma Beck and PC James Dixon arrived they found a man with nunchucks down his trousers, a length of wood and a tape measure wrapped around his fist.
PC Kayleigh Moody joined them and ended up being struck in the face by a woman who resisted arrest after having obstructed police.
The three PCs spoke candidly about the impact of the incident in the documentary, which aired on Wednsday.
Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman said attacks on officers were “not acceptable” and could have long-term physical and mental impact on them.
The man with the weapons, who cannot be identified, was well known to officers and they moved in to speak to him and recover the weapons.
They hoped they could deal with the situation before it escalated.
However, as officers attempted to handcuff the man and retrieve the weapons, the crowd turned on them.
Bodycam footage from the scene shows officers being surrounded, pushed, held back and grabbed.
Residents on Southfield Road urge the man to run, with some goading him to assault the officers.
More Humberside Police officers arrive as backup, but the situation becomes increasingly hostile.
While trying to make an arrest, PC Moody is assaulted.
PC Kayleigh Moody said: “I was shocked and disgusted at what happened that day.
“We were responding to calls saying there was an armed man and we are doing our best to keep everyone safe.
“I was upset at the way my colleagues were being treated but what I found most appalling was the number of small children who were allowed to be in the middle of the worst affray I have ever seen in my life.
“I have to say, I was really proud of the way we all came together to deal with what happened that day – every available officer was there, supporting each other and making sure that the people who weren’t involved were okay. It gives you goose pimples.
“For the first couple of days after the incident we were running on adrenalin. Everyone was talking about what had happened.
“Waiting to hear whether the woman who assaulted me would be charged was a bit nerve racking but after the decision had been made and the dust settled, you just start thinking ‘what the…?’
“I just can’t understand what she was thinking. What made it worse was that she made a complaint about me after the incident. That has been resolved and there was no case to answer but it still wasn’t nice.
“I had 15 years as a frontline officer but after that incident it made me realise I had had enough and I’ve now transferred into another area of the force.
“What has been really humbling is that since it’s been publicised that we’re going to be featured on Police Code Zero, so many people have been in touch or posted supportive comments.
“It’s been really overwhelming and we’ve been really touched to see that the majority of people believe that this kind of thing shouldn’t happen to coppers and that they support us.
“That makes the job worthwhile.”
Three people were charged as a result of the incident.
Lynda Stimson, now 34, of Barton, admitted assaulting PC Moody and obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty. She was fined £200 and ordered to pay £50 compensation.
Carly O’Brien, now 30, and Louis Clark, 38, both of Scunthorpe, both admitted obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty. They were each fined £100.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman, who also appeared in the documentary, condemned the violence towards officers.
“Whilst as police officers we do expect to run towards danger, it’s not acceptable that officers and staff are subjected to attacks and violence whilst doing our job,” he said.
“As a society, it’s important that we come together to take a stand on this.
“Being attacked in the line of duty can have a huge impact – not only the individual themselves but on their families, colleagues and loved ones.
“They are all real people with families. Every one of those injured is a partner, mother, father, son, daughter or grandparent. They are victims of crime the same as anyone is, and their physical and mental wellbeing is affected by such experiences.
“I have to protect my officers and staff, and every bit of support available will be given to anyone who is assaulted at work.”