Update: Detectives renew appeal for witnesses to come forward after a PCSO was assaulted in Runcorn Date published: 24th November 2017 4.25pm

Detectives in Runcorn are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was viciously assaulted.

Members of the public have come forward with information following the incident, which took place at approximately 4.50pm on Thursday, 23 November in a bid to help piece together what happened. But officers believe there are others out there who may have seen or heard something, which could assist with the investigation, and have not yet got in touch.

Detectives are also keen to speak to the member of the public who spoke to the PCSO shortly before he was attacked in Runcorn. He may have vital information that could help officers with their enquiries. 

Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, who is in charge of policing in Runcorn, said: “We know there are people out there who must know something which could help with our investigation and I would urge them to get in touch. I cannot stress enough how much we need the assistance of the local community to help us find out who did this to one of our officers.

“This was a terrifying ordeal which has left him badly shaken. Thankfully, our officer has been extremely lucky in that he didn’t receive more serious injuries but this could have been far worse. He is currently being supported by the force and his family.”

The PCSO was on patrol in the Palacefields area when he was approached by a member of the public wearing dark clothing who alerted him to an incident in a wooded area between Sparrowhawk Close and Cunliffe Close.

The officer went into the wood and became aware of a group of three men who appeared to be fighting. As the officer walked towards the group he was suddenly attacked from behind by an unknown man who attempted to stab him in the face with a knife.

Thankfully the officer was able to fight off his attacker and all of the men then fled the scene in the direction of Sparrowhawk Close. The officer was taken to Halton District General Hospital where he received treatment for injuries consisting of slash wounds to his hands and face.

Officers have issued an updated description of the three men. Two are described as white, between 5’ 8” and 5’ 10” tall of a stocky build. The other man is around 5’ 9” tall, of skinny build and had a strong Liverpool accent.

Enquiries are ongoing in the local area and high-visibility patrols will continue to provide reassurance to the community.

CI Heath added: “PCSOs are an important port of the policing family and are very well respected within the local community. They enable the force to develop a greater connection with local people and help to build public confidence in policing by providing a familiar face as a point of contact.

“Without a shadow of doubt an attack on a PCSO is an attack on the local community itself - no officer should be a victim of crime through simply carrying out their day-to-day work.

“I would urge anyone with any information to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 668 of 23, November. If you do not want to speak to the police directly then information can be left anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”