By Oisin Sweeney • 09 December 2020 • 12:40
A NATIONAL POLICE officer was hospitalised after being attacked by a gang of five in Seville while off-duty.
The off-duty officer was cycling along the Guadalquiver river with his brother on Monday evening, the 8th of December. Upon reaching the Muelle de Nueva York (NY Dock), where Christmas attractions are currently in place, they saw a large fight between several people.
The officer approached the incident and identified himself as a policeman, attempting to defuse the situation and stop the violence. He was attacked by five men, who punched him several times in the head and body. The officer narrowly avoided a brick thrown at his head by the violent gang, who continued to assault him until motorcycle officers arrived on the scene.
The five attackers were arrested and charged with assault, while the officer was rushed to the hospital with several injuries. The case highlighted the chronic shortage of police resources in Seville during the holiday season when officers often take leave or claim holiday hours.
The Andalusian capital has historically had a deficit of police on its streets, currently exacerbated by officers working at guarding prisoners in hospitals due to recent escape attempts by prisoners undergoing medical treatment. In the city’s Virgen Macarena hospital at the time of this assault, four patrol cars were exclusively performing this duty.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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