Premier League - Tomkins arrested for assaulting police officer

West Ham defender James Tomkins has been charged with assaulting a police officer outside a nightclub.

Tomkins has been bailed pending an appearance at Basildon Magistrates' Court on January 9 after the incident in Essex on Sunday.

“A man is due to appear in court next month after he was charged with assaulting a police officer outside a nightclub in Brentwood,” an Essex Police statement said.

“Police had been contacted by security staff from Brentwood’s Sugar Hut Village shortly before 12:30am on Sunday December 22 following reports of a disturbance.

“Officers arrived and arrested James Tomkins before later charging him with one count of assaulting a police officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.”

The arrest is doubly embarrassing for the club as Tomkins appears, alongside team-mate Jack Collison, in a Christmas video released on Monday promoting responsible drinking.

Several clubbers Tweeted about the incident, with one claiming police had been called following an argument with a woman.