A police officer has been rushed to hospital after being attacked by a group of youths he was investigating for a possible breach of Covid-19 guidelines.

Surrey Police said a lone officer was called to West Byfleet Park outside south-west London at 7.40pm to a report that a group of young males were contravening social distancing guidelines.

The officer was attacked while engaging with the men, and was taken to hospital with minor injuries to the wrist and head, the force said.


Police said three people – one adult and two juveniles – were arrested a short time later and taken into custody.

Under the new lockdown guidance, people can exercise outside as often as they wish, can also sit and rest outside.

Exercise or recreation can be alone, with other members of the household, or with one other person from outside the household, while keeping two metres apart.

Any witnesses were asked to call police on 101, quoting PR/ 45200052505.

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