Man charged with attacking police officer who suffered serious burns in Newquay

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.