FOUR have been arrested after two police officers were assaulted in Stroud yesterday.

A 23-year-old man has been charged with two counts of assault, possession of cannabis and a public order offence.

An 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were both charged with a public order offence in connection with the incident and all three have been bailed to return to court next month.

Finally, a 17-year-old, who was also arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, has been released under investigation.

Officers responded to a report of violence involving a group of men shortly before 4am on Sunday, February 11 in George Street.

They attempted to arrest one man but the offender resisted arrest, attempting to bite and punch an officer on the head, face, and legs as others in the group became confrontational and aggressive toward police.

A taser was also used on the offender due to the level of violence.

One officer suffered a fracture in his hand in the process and a second officer suffered bruising and swelling.

Several officers assisted their colleagues and diffused the situation as two other men and a youth were also arrested.

Chief Inspector Richard Pegler was left disgusted by the incident.

"To assault a police officer is wholly unacceptable,” said Mr Pegler.

“Trying to bite someone is particularly disgusting. No officer should be subject to any level of violence in the execution of their duty and this won't be tolerated.

"I'd like to thank our officers who bravely faced and handled the hostile situation. They showed great courage and resilience and will be supported by the Constabulary.

"Sadly assaults on emergency service staff are increasing and is a national issue being tackled by the Police Federation with the Protect the Protectors campaign."