A police officer who suffered severe facial injuries while arresting someone is making ‘great progress’ with his recovery.
Avon and Somerset Police are yet to name the officer who was injured while arresting a suspect in an alleged drugs bust.
The PC underwent urgent surgery following the attack but reports suggest he has now been released from hospital.
His colleague and friend, Andy Roebuck posted on social media that he had been out for lunch with him.
Andy said: “Glad to say that our injured officer from last week is making great progress. Took him out for lunch and was so pleased to hear how the #PoliceFamily has wrapped its arms around him and his family. He is a true inspiration to all people. #Proud #Brave.”
The attack happened at around 7pm, on August 20, when a suspicious vehicle was seen by officers outside a building supplies company in Staple Hill.
The car drove off and was spotted by officers a short time later in Kensington Road.
When officers approached the vehicle, the three occupants got out and ran off in different directions.
One of the suspects was seen heading along a footpath off Acacia Road and an officer chased after him.
Catching the suspect, the officer attempted to arrest him but was left severely injured.
He was rushed to hospital where he will undergo surgery.
Since the incident two arrests have been made.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug and a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.
A quantity of suspected class A drugs and other items including cash and mobile phones have been recovered from the scene and the car has been seized for a full forensic examination.