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Police officer knocked out and female colleague stamped on as they tried to break up brawl outside pub

COP ATTACK

A POLICEMAN was knocked out and female cop stamped on as they broke up a brawl outside a pub.

The officers were on their way to another call when they spotted a mass brawl near a bar in Middleton, Greater Manchester around 2.35am this morning.

No arrests have been made and cops are hunting the thugs behind the brutal assault.

Detective Sergeant Tim O'Callaghan said: "This is a disgusting way to treat police officers, who spend their days and nights trying to keep the people of Greater Manchester safe.

"We are providing welfare support to the two officers who were attacked after bravely trying to intervene in a large fight and keep the peace.

"We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and are 100% committed to bringing those responsible to justice.

"Although this happened in the early hours, it was outside a pub at what can be a busy junction so we're appealing for anyone with information which will assist us with our investigation to contact us immediately".

'DISGUSTING'

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman added: "The male officer was punched in the head, knocking him unconscious.

"The female officer was also punched, dragged to the floor and then stamped on.

"Both officers were taken to hospital but have since been discharged. The offenders fled the scene after the assault."

In a separate incident a Cleveland Police officer was left with a black eye on Black Eye Friday after being repeatedly punched in the face during an attack on the rowdiest night of the year.

A shocking snap shows the unnamed officers bruised eye and bloody face.

Recent figures revealed assaults on police officers had risen by a third in just four years following the spike in violent crime across the UK in 2018-19.

Officers were victims of 10,399 alleged assaults that caused injuries last year, which is up 32% from 7,903 recorded in 2015-16.

In August, PC Andrew Harper was killed while responding to a reported burglary in Berkshire.

A 13-year-old boy was among 10 people being held in custody over the fatal attack.