WILTSHIRE Police has renewed its appeal for witnesses after an officers was bitten in Salisbury last night.

As reported, the force says it was called to reports of an assault in Fisherton Street at 7.45pm.

Officers pursued the suspect who made off from the scene towards Queen Elizabeth Gardens where he was stopped.

However, while one officer attempted to detain the man an altercation took place between the two, resulting in the officer receiving a deep bite wound to his arm.

A 38-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of ABH on the member of the public and GBH on a police officer. He is currently in Melksham custody.

The police officer was taken to Salisbury District Hospital (SDH) for treatment to his wounds. The initial assault victim was also treated at SDH.

Det Con Toni Nugent said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank those who have taken the time to leave well wishes to our officer on social media. I’m pleased to say he has received treatment for his wound and is now recovering well.

“Secondly, since we released information about this incident last night, we’ve had a number of messages on social media from people who say they witnessed the incident.

“If this is you and you’ve not already spoken to police, please do get in touch by calling us on 101 as you may have significant information which could help our investigation. Please do not leave information on our social media pages as these aren’t monitored 24/7.

“Finally, please be reassured that we take reports of this nature extremely seriously, and violence like this will simply not be tolerated on our streets.”

If you can help, call 101 and quote log number 343 of June 2.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.