A POLICE officer in Southend suffered a "serious injury" while making an arrest in the city centre.

Officers from Essex Police's Southend Town Centre Team received reports today of a man leaving a shop in High Street without paying for goods.

It was also reported the man had allegedly carried out an assault on security staff and a member of the public. 

While responding to the call, a police officer sustained a nasty injury to his ankle while struggling to place handcuffs on the man. 

A 34-year-old man, of no fixed address, remains in custody for questioning after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

The police officer is currently receiving treatment for his injury. 

Chief Inspector Jo Collins, Southend district commander, said: “My officers frequently place themselves in harm’s way to effectively protect the public and catch suspects.

“This officer is receiving treatment and support, but I would reinforce the message that no emergency service worker deserves to suffer injury while going about their duty".

“Any such incidents will be investigated to the fullest extent.”