Man Hospitalised After Alleged Assault At Weekend

Police enquiries are continuing over an alleged assault on a male who was hospitalised following an incident outside the Bell Rock Hotel early on Sunday.

The incident was completely unrelated to the Bell Rock Hotel and owner, Chris Jones, told us it was fortunate for the alleged victim that guests who had been woken up dialled 999 and were able to get help so quickly.

But there are concerns that there could be more trouble over the next few weekends – Scilly’s senior police officer believes there’s potential for confrontation between a small minority of builders working on the new school and islanders.

Sergeant Charlie Craig is appealing to both sides not to take retribution for previous alleged incidents adding that the police are currently taking statements and he’s confident that those responsible will be brought to justice.

Some islanders have questioned why officers are taking leave in the height of summer but Charlie says his hands are tied and the granting of leave is decided by mainland senior officers.

He adds that people should “feel free to make a complaint” if they feel that this isn’t working.

This weekend there will be only one regular officer on late duty, assisted by two special constables. Charlie has asked landlords to call the police early if they see trouble brewing.

The Sunday morning alleged assault was one of several incidents that occurred across the islands last weekend, including alleged theft and vandalism on Bryher, St Martins and Tresco.

Charlie says he doesn’t know why the spate of crimes have occurred but says the police are following up information about the off-island incidents.

He appealed for anyone who observes any strange behaviour to call then.