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Man charged after police officer suffers broken leg in Prince of Wales Road assault in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 13:37 20 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:37 20 January 2014

The area on Prince of Wales Road where a police officer suffered a broken leg in an incident.

The area on Prince of Wales Road where a police officer suffered a broken leg in an incident. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Archant Norfolk

A police chief spoke of his determination to make Norwich’s clubland a safer place after an officer suffered a broken leg during a street attack in Prince of Wales Road.

The 42-year-old front-line police constable underwent surgery in hospital today after the assault in the city, which resulted in a female officer also being assaulted.

Norfolk Police were called to Mojo’s nightclub in Prince of Wales Road at about 1am today following reports that a number of women had been assaulted inside the venue.

The male police constable was attacked after the disturbance spilled on to the street.

A second officer – a female police sergeant – was also injured, and another 21-year-old woman is believed to have been assaulted in the club before police arrived.

Police arrested a 19-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of assault.

Officers tonight charged Mohammed Labead, 19, of Kinghorn Road, Norwich, with three counts of assault and one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

Labead was released on bail with conditions not to enter Prince of Wales Road as well as a night time curfew, to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday February 21.

Nick Dean, Temp Asst Chief Constable, said messages of support were being sent to the officer with more than 10 years’ experience in the force.

“We’re always working really closely with a number of partners in the night-time economy and have seen reductions in terms of serious violence,” he said.

“On this occasion it’s a police officer that’s got seriously injured. These incidents are rare, they are isolated.

“We’ve done a lot of work around our night-time economy in Norwich and are continuing to work with our partners to make it a safer place to visit on a Friday and Saturday night.”

“It’s not pleasant for other officers or members of staff to see one of their colleagues injured.

“We accept that, on occasions, we have to deal with aggressive and violent incidents, but it’s never pleasant when you see one of your colleagues seriously injured,” he said.

A Norfolk police spokesman said officers were dealing with a suspect outside Ossi’s takeaway and Beeline Taxis, when they were assaulted.

The policeman was knocked unconscious during the incident and suffered a broken leg and back injuries. The officer was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The female sergeant suffered slight head injuries and was dealt with by paramedics at the scene although she remained on duty.

A 21-year-old woman, believed to have been assaulted in the club before police arrived, was also taken to hospital with minor head injuries, but has since been released from hospital.

Mojo’s nightclub was closed today and no one from the club was available for comment.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 1.07am to the incident on Prince of Wales Road and sent one rapid-response vehicle and one ambulance to the scene.

“We treated two patients and took one to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a leg injury.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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