An off-duty police officer suffered a broken eye socket and another a dislocated shoulder after they tried to break up a fight in a pub.
Police have released CCTV footage of three suspects after the two off-duty officers were assaulted in a pub in central London.
The officers were in the Maple Leaf pub in Covent Garden before Christmas when the incident happened.
At about 7.10pm on 20 December, a fight broke out between two groups of men, the Metropolitan Police said.
The officers tried to break up the fight and while doing so were punched by the three men.
Both officers suffered injuries and were taken to hospital. One suffered a dislocated shoulder and the other a broken eye socket, the police said.
The three suspects fled the scene.
Police have released CCTV footage of the suspects and want anyone with information to come forward.
#APPEAL | Shortly after 7pm on 20 Dec, two off-duty officers were assaulted as they tried to break up a fight in the Maple Leaf Pub #CoventGarden— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) January 21, 2020
One suffered a dislocated shoulder and the other a broken eye socket
Recognise these men?📞101 ref 6988/20Dec19 or @CrimestoppersUK pic.twitter.com/BVcz1pEgCZ
Detective constable Karl Lewis, from Central West CID, said: “These officers were enjoying an evening out when they witnessed a fight which they tried to prevent becoming more serious.
“In doing so, they themselves were set upon and injured, leaving them with significant injuries.”
Anyone who knows the men in the footage can contact police on 101 using CAD reference 6988/20Dec19 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.