MERSEYSIDE deputy chief constable Serena Kennedy has condemned attacks on police as "absolutely unacceptable" after six officers were injured on Tuesday.

Two officers were seriously hurt and admitted to hospital.

At around 7.20pm, a 31-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of assault in Liverpool City Centre and taken to Wirral Custody Suite in Birkenhead.

While there he assaulted a desk officer before eventually being restrained.

The officer received hospital treatment for serious facial injuries and is being supported by colleagues.

A second officer also received minor shoulder and facial injuries in the attack.

The second incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday in Everton when officers responded to a report of a domestic incident.

When patrols attended a man drove off reversing into a police car and resulting in a serious back injury to an officer who was taken to hospital.

A 21-year-old man from Knotty Ash was arrested and taken to a police station for questioning.

Deputy chief constable Kennedy said: “These incidents are absolutely unacceptable and have such a massive impact on the officers, their families and colleagues in the force.

"We will be fully investigating them as with all acts of violence in Merseyside.

“I wish I could say that attacks on our officers are rare but just as an example, there were another three officers injured yesterday in Merseyside alone.

"Thankfully these resulted in less serious injuries, but that is besides the point.

"The psychological impact of being attacked is often hard to measure and we will be working hard to support each and every officer.

“I’m sure the vast majority of law-abiding members of the community would agree that this is a disgraceful way to behave, against those officers who are here to keep you safe."

She added: "Police officers are of course brave and proud in their protection and service of our communities, but should never have to tolerate or accept physical violence when carrying out their duties.

“My message to those who carry out violence against police is this - please remember, whatever you think of us, one day you or your families may need our help too.”