THIS is the shocking moment thugs douse cops with petrol after they chased a stolen motorbike back to a housing estate.
Footage shows one officer battering a suspect with his baton as the cops are threatened with a hammer during the violent attack.
More than 20 police cars and a helicopter were swooped on the housing estate in Basildon, Essex, after pursuing the stolen moped.
Dramatic video then shows a man carrying a red petrol can dousing the officers before he tries to flee.
As a group of cops chase him, one takes out his baton and strikes a suspect on the ground three times.
A voice behind the camera can be heard saying: "He's done him with acid".
The officer with the baton, who had paused to speak into his radio, then continues hitting the suspect in front of horrified onlookers.
PRAISE FOR POLICE
As the video comes to an end, the officers walk away and a woman says: "He just poured petrol on police".
Mart Rees said: “Finally strong arm policing. Well done #essexpolice.”
Dave Thomas added: “Excellent policing skills needs doing more top job lads.”
Dave Leppard wrote: “Nice to see some police baton work on social media you can support.”
COPS 'WON'T TOLERATE BEHAVIOUR'
Essex Police confirmed three people had been charged over the carnage – including a 28-year-old man charged with seven counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
A 17-year-old boy was charged with dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of handling stolen goods.
Police also charged a 47-year-old woman with possession of an offensive weapon – with all three suspects due in court today.
A 17-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, a 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer and a 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker have been released under investigation.
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Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “We continue to work with the support of local communities in Essex to keep them safe and appreciate and value this.
“I will absolutely not tolerate any violent behaviour against my officers doing their jobs to protect the communities we serve.
“Thankfully these brave officers have suffered no lasting effects as a result of the incident.
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