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Police Officer sexually assaulted by rape suspect

A female Police Officer has been sexually assaulted while trying to arrest a man on suspicion of attempted rape.

The policewoman with another officer responding to reports of a rape within Sheffield city centre in the early hours of Friday.

The police officers immediately came under attack and the female officer was hit repeatedly with a wooden for sale sign before the man sexually assaulted the female.

South Yorkshire Police said they were responding to reports of an attempted rape on Scotland Street before the attack.

One of the officers was left with severe bruising and both are now said to be recovering at home.

The man is in custody after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault, sexual assault and criminal damage.

The woman he allegedly tried to rape is being supported by specially trained officers.

Chief Inspector Lydia Lynskey said on Friday: “Our officers potentially face danger every time they respond to an incident, putting themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect the communities of South Yorkshire.

“The officers who attended this morning were faced with a dangerous and violent situation; however, they showed immense bravery in dealing with the incident.

“Our thoughts are with them and full welfare support has been put in place. We will always take a zero tolerance approach to assaults on our officers in the course of their duties.”

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