Police officer seriously injured in attack in Bedford
A police officer has been seriously injured while responding to a call to a burglary in Bedford.
The 30-year-old constable, who was patrolling alone in a traffic car, disturbed the offender as he came from the property just after 09:00 BST.
As she tried to arrest the man, he punched her in the face and ran off.
The officer, who has eight years' service, suffered a broken eye socket, cheekbone and nose in the attack in Oldfield Road.
She was taken to Bedford Hospital and has since been transferred to a specialist hospital for treatment.
The officer pressed her radio emergency button, but was unable to speak due to her injuries.
Colleagues working nearby came to her assistance.
A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and burglary.
Two youths, aged 15 and 17, were also arrested in Carlisle Road in connection with the burglary.
'Shocking and violent'
Oldfield Road has been cordoned off while a forensic examination of the scene is carried out.
Ch Supt Mike Colbourne of Bedfordshire Police said the assault was shocking and violent.
"Officers are of course trained to defend themselves when arresting violent individuals but the injuries sustained by this officer were very serious," he said.
"This officer has considerable experience and was thankfully able to use her emergency button to summon help and the offender was arrested.
"Officers put themselves at risk of assault every time they patrol. We wish this officer a speedy recovery."
Anyone who witnessed the assault in Oldfield Road this morning or who has information about it is asked to contact Det Sgt Jim Mallen at Bedford CID.