Bar worker came to aid of police following Prince of Wales Road assault that left one officer with a broken leg

Jason Payne sustained a broken hand after he tried to stop an offender attacking police officers as they tried to arrest him on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. 
Picture: Simon Finlay Jason Payne sustained a broken hand after he tried to stop an offender attacking police officers as they tried to arrest him on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Picture: Simon Finlay

Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:56 PM

A Norwich man involved in an incident in the city’s nightlife area is today recovering from an operation and facing weeks off work.

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Jason Payne, 30, came to the aid of officers after they were called to the area near a nightclub in Prince of Wales Road in the city.

One of the two police officers suffered a broken leg following the incident.

The 42-year-old Norwich response officer, PC Lee Wilson, is recovering from a broken leg and back injuries after attending Prince of Wales Road in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

PC Wilson suffered a broken tibia during an incident outside Beeline Taxis and Ossi’s takeaway shortly after 1am. A female sergeant also suffered slight head injuries.

Mr Payne, a shift manager at Queen of Iceni in Riverside, was on a night off when he came across the incident. He intervened and suffered a broken finger and fractured knuckle in the process.

He said: “The male officer was on the floor and the female was too. That’s when I stepped in.”

Mr Payne, who lives in the city centre and has worked for Wetherspoons for 11 years, will be off work for some weeks, but insists he did not regret getting involved.

Mr Payne, who wishes the officer all the best in his recovery, said he believes that Norwich is still a safe place but said the police and door staff working in Norwich’s night time economy had a “very hard job”.

Stephen Bett, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said the serious injuries sustained by the police officer should serve as a reminder to the public of the dangers officers regularly face.

The comments from Mr Bett come as latest figures reveal almost 500 police officers and staff have been assaulted while on duty over the past five years.

Temporary assistant Chief Constable Nick Dean insisted work on keeping Norwich safe at night will continue.

Police have charged a 19-year-old man with three counts of assault and one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

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