The police watchdog is investigating after shocking footage emerged of a cop battering a suspect with a baton before punching him in the face during an arrest. Children can be heard screaming in horror as the man was detained by the "heavy-handed" police officer at a property in Newport, Wales, at around 5pm on Friday (7/9). Disturbing mobile phone footage shows the officer repeatedly hitting the suspect with his baton before pinning him down on top of some wooden pallets in the back garden. The video also shows the PC appearing to punch the 41-year-old man squarely in the face despite him being handcuffed on the ground. Gwent Police has since confirmed the incident has been referred to the police watchdog after footage of the arrest was widely circulated on social media. During the video a woman can be heard repeatedly shouting: "Get off him, you're scaring my kids. "You sprayed him, you kicked him, you punched him, you pushed my kids. I'm making a complaint on you. "You absolute bully. Absolute ridiculous behaviour. "I want the police called on the police. He could do with an ambulance. Let me give him some water." The footage, which has been viewed several thousands times in less than 24 hours after being obtained by Birmz Is Grime, drew widespread criticism online. This video was filmed on the 9th July 2021.