A POLICE officer was taken to hospital last night with head injuries after being targeted in an unprovoked attack.

Police are appealing for witnesses after two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) were injured yesterday.

They are particularly keen to obtain mobile phone footage of the incident.

It took place on Commercial Street, Willington, at about 8.20pm last night.

One of the PCSOs was taken to hospital with head injuries but has since been released and the other sustained minor injuries.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting two emergency workers and criminal damage.

He remains in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Blakelock said: “I am thankful for several members of the public who assisted the PCSOs during this nasty incident.

“It is our belief that mobile phone footage was taken by bystanders.

"My appeal is to the individuals who possess this footage to come forward and share it with our officers.”

Anyone who has a copy of the footage is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident reference 438 of May 29.