Police have issued an update over violent disorder that kicked off in part of Middlesbrough over the weekend, which saw a police officer seriously injured and a police car set on fire. 

Cleveland Police officers responded to an outbreak of fire reported in the Hemlington area at 2.40am.

Upon arrival, in the vicinity of Earls Court Road, a police vehicle was damaged, and several officers were injured after they were pelted with bottles and bricks. 

The Northern Echo: Flames can be seen coming from a vehicle in HemlingtonFlames can be seen coming from a vehicle in Hemlington (Image: CONTRIBUTOR)

An officer suffered a serious hand injury and facial injuries and he was taken to hospital. He will now undergo surgery to his hand.

Seven people have been arrested and bailed in connection with the enquiries.

Officers and colleagues from the neighbourhood safety team continue to have a presence in the area to reassure members of the local community.

The Northern Echo: A police officer can be seen walking through the smokeA police officer can be seen walking through the smoke (Image: CONTRIBUTOR)

Images from the scene showed big flames coming from the police vehicle and several people stood around the car.

In the aftermath of the incident, high visibility patrols are continuing in the Hemlington area alongside neighbourhood safety colleagues from Middlesbrough Council.

In an update on Monday (November 27), Chief Inspector Nigel Burnell from Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We will continue to have a high visibility presence in Hemlington over the coming days as we reassure our communities that this type of behaviour is not acceptable and won’t be tolerated.

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“Not only have some residents been left fearful as a result of what happened, but we also have an officer who suffered a serious hand injury requiring surgery and facial injuries.

“Seven people have been arrested and bailed whilst and our enquiries are continuing.”

Anyone with information or anyone with concerns is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.