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Off-duty policewoman assaulted while 'interrupting drug deal' in Bishop's Stortford

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an off-duty policewoman was assaulted while interrupting an alleged drug deal in the street in Bishop's Stortford.

Police want to trace three people who might have witnessed the incident, which happened at the junction of Warwick Road and Crescent Road, near the back of the town's railway station, on Sunday June 2.

At around 5.20pm, the off-duty officer witnessed suspicious activity between two men, one of whom was in a vehicle. She was assaulted when she went to intervene. She was left in pain but not injured.

During the incident, a quantity of class A drugs was seized.

A 19-year-old man from Stortford was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Ben Swapp, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s case investigation team, said: “We've been carrying out several enquiries since the incident occurred and are now trying to trace three people who may have further information which could assist us.

“It is believed that a minicab driver and a couple walking past were spoken to by the victim. If this was you, please contact us.

“It is possible the incident may have also been witnessed by other members of the public passing by. If you did see anything or may have captured dashcam footage, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact DC Swapp by phoning non-emergency number 101 or emailing benjamin.swapp@herts.pnn.police.uk, quoting crime number 41/49914/19.

You can also report information online or speak to an operator in the force communications room via an online webchat, which can be launched here.

Alternatively, you can report information anonymously by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers. Call 0800 555111 or fill in their untraceable online form.

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