Three arrested after ‘altercation’ between police officers and suspects in Bradford street

THREE men have been arrested following a large disturbance in a street in Bradford.

Police say officers were assaulted and spat at during the altercation on Lilycroft Road, Manningham.

Footage uploaded to social media, which does not show the start of the incident, appears to show a group of police officers restraining someone who is on the ground.

The clip then appears to show three officers detaining another man, who ended up on the ground nearby.

A man who approaches and says something to police then appears to be warned by an officer holding what seemed to be an incapacitant spray.

An officer is then involved in a confrontation with a man, pushing him before spraying an incapacitant spray towards him.

Some observers on social media have questioned the tactics and level of force used by officers during the incident, while police said assaults on police officers and other emergency workers are “completely unacceptable.”

A spokesperson from West Yorkshire Police said: “At 00:20 on Saturday 22 August, officers were on patrol on Lilycroft Road in Bradford and saw disorder involving a group of males.

“One of the male suspects was running and kicking the shutters on the shop fronts.

“Further officers were called to assist the initial attending officers and this developed into an altercation between a number of officers and the suspects as a result of attempts to make arrests. A large crowd subsequently gathered at the scene.

“During the altercation, officers were assaulted and spat at, culminating in a spit hood being deployed to one of the male suspects.

“Three males were arrested for a number of offences including public order offences, racially aggravated assault and assault on emergency workers.

“One man, Azeem Hussain, aged 32, of Westfield Road, Bradford has been charged with public order offences and resisting arrest.

“The other two males have been released on police bail whilst enquiries continue.

“Assaults on police officers and other emergency workers are completely unacceptable and West Yorkshire Police will continue to support its officers and staff, who are the victims of such crimes, while doing everything we can to see that those responsible face the consequences of their actions.”

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