A 30-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer who suffered serious burns while assisting an eviction in Newquay.
Devon and Cornwall Police said Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev faces one charge of GBH with intent against an officer, a charge of attempted GBH against a second officer and arson.
The unnamed 51-year-old officer sustained “a number of burns to his arms and legs” during a disturbance on Friday morning.
The officer – who is well known in the town and a former soldier in the Army – was assisting bailiffs during a civil eviction from private land on Trevenson Road.
He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro where his injuries were described as severe but not life-threatening.
Hadjigueorguiev is due to appear at Truro Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
Priti Patel described the attack on the Devon and Cornwall Police officer as a “truly appalling and unacceptable incident”.
Ms Patel tweeted: “A truly appalling and unacceptable incident. My thoughts are with this brave officer and his loved ones at this time.”
Crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse tweeted: “All thoughts with this brave officer and his family. Swift and certain justice must follow for the perpetrator.”
Retired Newquay police inspector Dave Meredith tweeted: “I have had the privilege of working alongside this officer for over a decade.
“You could find no better police officer and friend. All the best and get well soon mate.”
Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, police commander for Cornwall, said officers had been called to assist bailiffs who were carrying out an eviction on private land.