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PUB ATTACK ON SERGEANT.

Byline: STUART DYE

A WOMAN police officer was attacked by a mob and kicked in the head as she lay helpless in a city pub today.

The 31-year-old sergeant was hit on the back of the head and knocked to the floor in the Chester pub in the early hours.

She was then kicked in the face as she tried to call for back-up to break up the party of more than 60 people.

Police today branded as"vicious and unprovoked" the attack in the Bull and Stirrup pub on Northgate Street.

The attack comes after comments by the Duke of Westminster to a crime conference that his daughters felt safer on a night out in Liverpool than in Chester.

Police were called to investigate complaints about noise at the pub shortly before 3am.

The room was packed with revellers who attacked the sergeant as she tried to close the party.

Four people from the Chester area, including a 45-year-old woman and two men in their 20s, were arrested and were due to be questioned by police today.

A fourth man has so far refused to give any details to officers.

The sergeant was taken to hospital for treatment for facial injuries and is recovering at home.

Supt Nick Ingram, divisional commander for Chester, said: "This appears to be an unprovoked attack.

"It was a vicious assault which has left the sergeant with a suspected broken nose."

The sergeant, who is single, was with a male colleague.

A spokesman added: "Clearly this escalated beyond control and other officers had to be called in from Chester and Ellesmere Port."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2002
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