Berkshire

Slough police officer hurt in 30-strong brawl

A police officer was seriously hurt in a brawl involving about 30 young people outside a supermarket in Slough, Berkshire.

The officer, who was called to reports of shoplifting, required hospital treatment to a serious hand injury, a Thames Valley Police spokesman said.

Four teenagers were arrested following Thursday's incident outside Britwell Supermarket in Long Furlong Drive.

Area Deputy Cdr Jim Reeves said police had to act fast as "tempers escalated".

"I would like to reassure residents that additional patrols will be carried out in the neighbourhood for the immediate future to ensure that the usual safety of the area is restored," he said.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of affray and assault on a police officer.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft and released on bail and a 14-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of affray and released on bail.

All three have been bailed until 29 October. A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in custody.

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