Policeman burnt by petrol bomb in Birmingham
Wednesday 08 August 2012
A police officer was hospitalised today after sustaining burns to his hands in a petrol bomb attack.
West Midlands Police said a 43-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident, in Handsworth, Birmingham.
The injured officer was part of a police response team dispatched to Onibury Road at around 5.30am after reports that a resident's front door had been damaged by a neighbour.
A force spokesman said: "Only minutes after arriving at the scene officers were forced to take cover as a man emerged from a property and hurled a petrol bomb."
Armed officers were drafted in to support the operation. Police said the officer was not seriously injured but remained in hospital this afternoon.
Chief Inspector Paul Marriott said: "What was initially reported to police as a neighbour dispute quickly escalated. It is understood the suspect drained fuel from a car before using it to create a petrol bomb.
"Thankfully it doesn't appear the officer was seriously hurt and the situation was brought under control very quickly by officers at the scene supported by armed response colleagues.
"However, the situation illustrates the bravery of our officers who attend incidents every day to protect the public without knowing exactly how the situation might pan out."
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Jennifer Lawrence face palms Emma Watson at Christian Dior show in Paris
Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
Pamplona Running of the Bulls 2014: Briton critically injured in San Fermin festival
Israel's deadliest Gaza air strikes yet kill five children from same family as Palestinian rocket barrage continues
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 4 BBC’s new Game of Thrones slayer 'The Last Kingdom' relies on Saxon appeal, creators say
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1