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WOMAN COP BATTERED BY TEENY GANG; PCs attacked after girl cried for help.

Byline: DAVID MCCANN d.mccann@dailyrecord.co.uk

TEENAGE thugs launched a savage attack on a female police officer - on the doorstep of a police station.

The policewoman was punched and kicked by the gang while lying on the ground outside Portobello police station in Edinburgh.

Along with a male colleague, she had rushed to the aid of a distressed young girl - but the pair were attacked by the girl's friends.

It is understood the fracas eruptesd after a group of 15 youngsters gathered on Portobello high street.

The attack took place at around 7pm, when the officers went outside after hearing a girl shouting for help.

They tried to assist the teenager, but she shouted abuse at them and then tried to leave.

When the PCs stopped her running away, other members of the group attempted to free her before launching the brutal attack.

They then fled, leaving the officers lying on the ground.

It is not known whether the pair required hospital treatment but they are understood to have suffered cuts and bruises.

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, were arrested and charged shortly after the incident on Sunday.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace the other suspects.

Area commander for Edinburgh east Chief Inspector James Jones said: "The public depend on us to keep them safe and in the course of duty our officers risk their own wellbeing for the good of the community.

"The two PCs who, thankfully, were not seriously injured in this isolated incident had attempted to help this young woman and were regrettably met with appalling behaviour.

"Violence against anyone is unacceptable and two youths, aged 14 and 15, were traced and charged.

"We continue to take proactive steps to tackle antisocial behaviour and youth disorder through high-visibility patrols within the community.

"We also reinforce the message of zero tolerance of violence within schools through our school liaison officers."

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