MEMBERS of the public have been praised by police after they helped apprehend a man who dislocated an officer's soldier when he intervened as the man was threatening people.

The Cleveland Police officer came across the man on Corporation Road in Middlesbrough on Monday afternoon (September 1) just after 3pm, who was making threats to members of the public in the area between British Home Stores and Fatso’s.

Members of the public who rushed to help the officer assisted until other officers arrived on the scene.

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A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH and the officer was taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment before being discharged.

Sergeant Graeme Reilly said: “We would like to thank those members of the public who witnessed what was happening yesterday and aided the officer. On behalf of the officer, who is now recovering from his injury, we would like to express our gratitude.”

The 45-year-old man has been released on bail pending further enquiries.