Two men were arrested in Linslade in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of burglary last night after patrol officers spotted them in the town centre.
The men, who are both believed to be in their 20s, were seen acting suspiciously by the officers at 3.32am in Queen Street, Leighton.
After a short chase one of the men was handcuffed but managed to flee the scene when the arresting officer had to go and help his colleague who was being attacked by the second man.
The officers called for backup and a police dog tracked the handcuffed man to a nearby canal bridge.
The men were in possession of laptops, cash and jewellery and were arrested on suspicion of burglary at a commercial property in Leighton Road; and assaulting the police officer.
The officer who was attacked was taken to hospital for treatment to three human bite wounds to his arms and bruising to his face.
Police Inspector Jim Hitch said: “Officers continue to undertake regular patrols of Leighton to ensure residents and their property remain safe. Bedfordshire Police is continuing to crackdown on those who commit burglaries”.
Anyone with information relating those who commit burglary can contact Beds Police, in complete confidence, on 101, text information to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.