Police officers who arrested the rider of the stolen motorbike were threatened with a hammer and had petrol thrown over their heads and in their eyes.
Six people have been arrested in Basildon in connection with an incident where cops had petrol thrown over them while they made an arrest on Sunday.
Cops responded to reports of a motorcycle being driven dangerously along footpaths.
The police helicopter was deployed to the incident tracking down and following the bike which was reported stolen.
officers closed in an arrested the rider in Ward Close, Basildon.
While making the arrest police officers were threatened with a hammer and had petrol thrown in their faces.
Officers requested urgent assistance during the confrontation a short time later two women, a boy and three men were arrested.
The fire service attended the scene and doused the officers with water. Two police officers were taken to hospital to have petrol washed out of their eyes.
It is not believed that the police officers will no suffer any long-lasting effects.
Superintendent Jonathan Baldwin said:
“While attempting to detain the motorcyclist, a number of police officers had petrol thrown into their faces and over their clothing.
“Two were taken to hospital to have petrol washed out of their eyes. A number of others were doused by fire officers at the scene with water.
“Fortunately, we do not anticipate any long-term harm will come to the officers involved and some were able to carry on with their duties.
“I am proud of the way my officers dealt with this incident, acting professionally and with dignity in the face of certain individuals who appeared intent on causing trouble.
“To be assaulted while simply doing our jobs – helping to keep our county safe and dealing with criminal and violent behaviour – is completely unacceptable under any circumstance.
“But, to have petrol thrown over their heads and in their eyes, as my officers experienced today, is a despicable act of violence which we will seek to prosecute to the full extent of the law.
“I would urge anyone with information to call Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”