A police community support officer has been injured while helping police officers to detain a suspect for shoplifting in Torquay.
The incident happened on The Strand at 11.45am yesterday during an arrest in connection with Operation Action.
The suspect also received an injury to his head. Both were taken to Torbay Hospital by ambulance.
The arrested man was aged 30.
Operation Action is a high profile anti-shoplifting initiative, run by local police, working with businesses and partner agencies in the run-up to Christmas.