A police officer was beaten to the ground and his colleague punched in the jaw in a terrifying attack by a mob of up to 30 schoolchildren in south London, Scotland Yard revealed today.
According to the Evening Standard, the two officers were on routine patrol in Lewisham when they were set upon by the group of teenagers after they spotted a youth trying to hide a large knife.
The attack took place at 4pm on Wednesday November 9 on Goodwood Road near the junction with New Cross Road but the Met only released details of the incident today.
The officers were on patrol in Goodwood Road at 4pm on November 9 when they saw a teenager hiding a large knife and tried to search him, Scotland Yard said.
A group of up to 30 schoolchildren then turned on them.
They were rescued by colleagues after calling for urgent assistance.
The male officer was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution for his injuries.
A 15-year-old male was arrested at the scene on suspicion of actual bodily harm and was taken to a south London police station. He has been bailed to a date in mid-December.
Detective Sergeant Jenny White, of Lewisham police, said: "I'm appealing to anyone who witnessed this shocking attack on two officers to come forward and speak with us, particularly anyone with mobile phone footage of the incident.
"It happened at a very busy time of the day and there would have been a large number of people in the area.
"These officers go to work every day to keep the public safe and this demonstrates the dangers the police can face while carrying out these duties."
A 15-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on suspicion of actual bodily harm and has been bailed until mid-December.
Anyone with information can call Lewisham police on 020 8284 8365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.