Hackney’s borough commander said the incident is a ‘disgraceful example of the dangers faced by officers’. Image: Metropolitan Police

A police officer was taken to hospital yesterday after being knocked unconscious during an arrest in Hackney.

Police were called just before 5pm following reports of a man being verbally abusive and throwing glasses at a pub on Mare Street.

While attempting to arrest the man, a male officer was assaulted and thrown against a wall, causing him to momentarily lose consciousness after hitting his head.

The officer was taken to hospital for an assessment and treatment to a cut on his head. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Another officer used PAVA spray to detain the man before back-up arrived.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and assaulting a police officer, and remains in custody.

Marcus Barnett, Hackney’s borough commander, said: “This is another shocking and disgraceful example of the dangers faced by officers who, day in and day out, do their utmost to keep Londoners safe.

“It is important to remember that police officers are ordinary people who come into work every day not knowing what they will face and they deserve our support.

“My thoughts are with my injured officer and his family.”

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