[P]olice in Carlisle are appealing for information from the public following an assault on a police dog handler.
The incident occurred on Mary Street, Carlisle, at approximately 4am this morning (27th December).
The officer had attended the scene of a reported fight nearby and was punched twice by a male offender. The female officer suffered a fractured eye socket.
A 23-year-old man from Carlisle was arrested on suspicion of assault causing ABH. He is detained for questioning.
Investigators would like to speak to a male and female seen on Mary Street at the time of the offence who may have witnessed the assault on the officer.
Chief Inspector Rod Mackay said: “It is very disappointing to see that an officer has been seriously assaulted in the execution of her duty. Unfortunately it is a sad reflection on society that we continue to see people assault police officers on a regular basis.
“I’d like to remind the public that the principal objective of our police officers is to protect people. They do not deserve to be subjected to such violence. It is completely unacceptable.”
Anyone with any information is asked to email [email protected] or call 101 quoting incident number 59 of the 27th December. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.