Eyewitness speaks of ‘shock’ at seeing police officer ‘bitten’ in broad daylight in Ilford

The scene of the alleged "bite" on a police officer.

The scene of the alleged "bite" on a police officer. - Credit: Archant

A police officer was reportedly bitten so hard he “was actually bleeding” during an altercation with a man in Ilford yesterday.

A bystander described how two people were fighting outside the multistory car park in Clements Road, next to City Gates Church, at around 12.30pm.

“An officer ran past me over to them, it looked like there was a struggle.

“The officer took the guy down to the floor where he bit him, it was a pretty nasty bite too.”

The eyewitness claims the policeman then punched the man to restrain him and called for back up – two cars and a van.

“I was definitely shocked, the officer ran over to see if we saw everything and show why he punched him, the officer’s bite was actually bleeding.”

A police spokesman confirmed a man was arrested for common assault and assaulting a police officer.

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