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Police officer and woman attacked

PUBLISHED: 18:40 09 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 March 2010

A POLICE officer and woman were attacked today in two violent assaults in Felixstowe and Ipswich.

Felixstowe Pc Timothy Cohen was left with seven staples in his head after trying to break up a fight in the early this morning.

A POLICE officer and woman were attacked today in two violent assaults in Felixstowe and Ipswich.

Felixstowe Pc Timothy Cohen was left with seven staples in his head after trying to break up a fight in the early this morning.

And a 39-year-old Ipswich woman suffered injuries to her nose, lips, front teeth, shoulder and back after she was kicked and punched in an unprovoked attack as she walked away from a town nightclub.

Today, Pc Cohen's epaulettes were still hanging on the fence at Pram Walk, which lies at the bottom of Garrison Lane, Felixstowe.

It is a sickening reminder of a man who was injured while trying to do his job and make the area safe for others after a fight broke out at around 2.30am.

The area is popular for revellers to congregate late at night and to get food after spending the evening in pubs and clubs.

More police had to be called to the scene to help Pc Cohen, who was then taken to hospital, but was released after treatment.

Three men are currently in custody in connection with the incident but Inspector Ben Cook from Suffolk Police said witnesses were still being sought.

He said: "Attacks on officers are not that rare, but an injury of that nature is."

Inspector Cook said evidence was still being gathered into the incident and that anyone with information should come forward.

Around an hour earlier in Ipswich a 39-year-old woman from the Castle Hill area of the town was punched and kicked in the face, back and ribs as she walked along Turret Lane behind the Evening Star offices at around 1.30am.

Staff at the offices were alerted to the incident after the victim phoned them with a plea for help.

She told police and security officer Geoff Hindle that she had spent the evening at the New York Exchange Bar in Falcon Street with her partner and a group of friends where she had become the subject of a tirade of abuse by two men unknown to her, who had started calling her, among other things, a "whore" and a "tart".

When her partner decided to go home the victim carried on to Brannigans night club but saw the pair there, who allegedly continued the abuse.

She left the pub and decided to walk into town to get a taxi but was apprehended as she walked in the Turret Lane area and was beaten up by one of the men.

Mr Hindle said: "I was going on a check around the building at around 1.15am and I heard shouting which I thought was coming from Lower Brook Street but I could not see anything.

"At around 1.40am (another member of staff) came running down the stairs and said that he had just had a call from a woman who had been beaten up outside.

" She was crying and very shaken and had a lump on her head and told me she had been kicked in the ribs and head.

"One of the men had taken her bag and thrown it over the fence but nothing had been taken."

Only one man was thought to be involved in the assault, while the other man stood by.

The attacker is around 30 years old and described as European looking, with dark hair and is around 5ft 4in tall.

He was wearing dark coloured clothing while his friend was wearing a white shirt and dark trousers.

He was a white male also aged around 30 and was taller than the attacker.

Inspector Cook said of the attack: "This is an unprovoked attack on a lady walking home from a night out.

"Her injuries were not pleasant, but they were not serious of life threatening."

He said that the police were investigating the incident.

Anyone with information on either of the attacks should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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