Rothesay police officer recovering after street attack

Staff at Gamba's Bar in Victoria Street alerted police to an incident outside the premises shortly after midnight on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Three officers were assaulted after arriving at the scene, one sustaining a fractured tibia, and a 44-year-old man was arrested and charged as a result.
Staff at Gamba's Bar in Victoria Street alerted police to an incident outside the premises shortly after midnight on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Three officers were assaulted after arriving at the scene, one sustaining a fractured tibia, and a 44-year-old man was arrested and charged as a result.

A Rothesay police officer is recuperating after suffering a suspected fractured tibia when she was attacked in a Rothesay street.

A 44-year-old man was arrested and charged as a result of the incident in Victoria Street, in which three police officers were assaulted shortly after midnight on October 12 outside Gamba’s Bar.

Inspector Paul Robertson from Police Scotland told Bute Community Council this week: “It was a nasty incident, although it wasn’t related to the premises near where it occurred - in fact it was staff at the premises who called the police.

“Three officers were assaulted, and one, a female officer who has just joined the police, sustained a suspected fractured tibia.

“She was understandably quite shaken up, lthough she’s now at home recuperating.

“We have low crime levels on Bute and we work closely with the community and with licensees to keep things under control, but when incidents like this do occur they serve as a reminder to us in the police of the danger which can be out there.

“The individual concerned in the incident was a visitor to the island, which gives me a degree of comfort - I would hope he will be receiving his just deserts in the form of a custodial sentence, though that of course is a matter for the courts.

“I understand the individual concerned was trying to get in to the premises, but didn’t get in.”

The man was released on bail after appearing from custody at Greenock Sheriff Court on October 13; a special condition was attached to his bail barring him from setting foot on Bute until the conclusion of the court case.