A police officer was punched in the face by two men in High Wycombe - prompting Thames Valley Police to urge drivers with dashcam footage of the attack to come forward. 

The police officer, who was in plain clothes, stopped a member of the public near Strata House in West Wycombe Road between about 6.45pm and 7pm yesterday (August 30).

The man who the officer stopped, along with another man, then attacked the officer by punching him in the face causing him to fall to the ground.

He suffered "significant" injuries to his head and had to go to hospital.

One of the men is black and the other is white. There are no further descriptions of the offenders at this time.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kay Dickinson of Force CID based at High Wycombe police station, said: “This is a despicable assault on an officer in the lawful execution of their duty. The officer had intelligence that supported his decision to stop the man who then assaulted him.

“The officer’s welfare is our top priority and the force will continue to support him during his recovery.

“Such incidents demonstrate the sacrifices that police officers and staff make every day when they report for duty.

“A thorough investigation is underway to identify and locate the offenders.

“I am appealing to anyone with any information about the incident to contact the police immediately. I am particularly appealing to any motorists who may have captured the incident on their vehicle’s dashcams.

"If you were in the area around the time of the assault please check your dashcams and if you have any footage please come forward."

If you have any information about the incident, call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 and quote the investigation reference number 43170258034.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.