TWO police officers were punched and kicked while they were arresting a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of assault at Winkleigh Fair on Saturday evening. They had been called a report of an assault at the rear of the Kings Arms pub at around 7pm, where it wa

TWO police officers were punched and kicked while they were arresting a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of assault at Winkleigh Fair on Saturday evening.They had been called a report of an assault at the rear of the Kings Arms pub at around 7pm, where it was said that up to 20 people were involved.Two officers intervened and arrested a 16-year-old boy.Two other people then intervened and punched and kicked the officers while others in the group tried to free the prisoner.The officers used pepper spray to disperse the crowd and the three were detailed.Two policemen suffered grazes and bruises as a result of the incident.The boy initially arrested was from Winkleigh. Arrested subsequently were a 19-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, both from Winkleigh.Winkleigh Fair spokesperson Maxine Morpurgo said that despite holding one of the most successful Fairs, a small element within the village caused some trouble at the end of the evening on Saturday. She said: "The Winkleigh Fair Committee would like to express it's disappointment with the small minority of people who were abusive and violent which led to the evening event being curtailed and ruined the end of Fair Saturday evening for the rest of the village. "The actions of this small minority have put the future of the Fair Saturday evening event in serious jeopardy."The Winkleigh Fair Committee would like to thank everyone who supported Fair week and participated in all the events. "The committee hopes that everyone who came to the Fair enjoyed the various events and entertainments that were put on. The Committee really appreciates all the support it has received.