Facebook: Isle of Wight Police

A 31-year-old man from Shanklin has been charged with criminal damage, and three counts of assault by beating after three Police officers received injuries whilst attending a disturbance on Saturday.

UPDATED: 5.38pm

Robert Church, 31, from Steep Hill Road in Ventnor has been charged with four offences, including one count of criminal damage, and three counts of assault by beating in relation to injuries sustained by officers.

Officers were called to a disturbance at a residential address on School Street in Ryde yesterday, and three officers sustained injuries whilst detaining a suspect.

The injuries included a facial injury, a bite and impact injuries. Two of the officers were seen at St Mary’s Hospital.

A statement from the Isle of Wight Police Facebook page said:

“This sort of incident highlights the danger our officers face every day. We all accept that being assaulted and / or injured is a potential hazard in our roles, but this never makes it acceptable. No one no matter what their role or job goes to work to be assaulted like this.

“The incident itself was also dealt with by the attending officers and their colleagues despite the injuries, and as per posts elsewhere, a suspect was arrested.

“I can now update you that Robert Church, aged 31 Years and from Steep Hill Road in Shanklin has been charged with 4 offences following this incident. He has been charged with criminal damage to an address in Ryde and 3 charges of assault by beating in relation to the officers. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at court in the morning.

“This incident was an isolated incident, is not COVID-19 related and there is no wider risk to the community.”