Manhunt launched after policewoman was kicked in head at anti-lockdown protest
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A manhunt has been launched after a policewoman was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head during an anti-lockdown demonstration.
Police released an image of the man they are want to track down following the shocking attack in central London on June 14.
The female officer was later dragged away by police at about 8pm after crowds gathered to protest against the extension of lockdown restrictions.
She reportedly hit the deck during a confrontation with protestors, who were trying to free at least one person arrested at the scene for allegedly obstructing the highway.
The defenceless officer was then booted in the head as she lay on the ground, the Met Police said.
An investigation into the incident resulted in police wanted to speak to the man in the photo.
A statement by Met Police said officers were called into action to "encourage the remaining protestors to move out of the road so that it could be reopened to vehicles".
"Some refused to do so," it added, "which resulted in two people being arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway.
"As officers escorted those who had been arrested towards police vans parked in King Charles Street, they were set upon by a group of protestors who tried to free one of the detainees.
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"A female officer was knocked to the floor in the struggle where she was then kicked in the head. She had to be carried away from the scene by colleagues."
The victim was said to have suffered "superficial" injuries.
Almost a fortnight ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown easing would be delayed until July 19 due to the emergence of the Delta variant – and to give Brits more time to get both vaccine jabs.
- Boris Johnson
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