The officer was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident (Reuters)
Six British soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of assault after an off-duty policeman was beaten and robbed outside a bar in New York.
The Royal Regiment of Scotland soldiers are accused of assaulting the officer after traveling to Manhattan to play a rugby match against the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Police said three or four of the men became embroiled in the fight when the off-duty officer began talking to a woman who was with the soldiers in the early hours of the morning.
One of the troops is accused of grabbing the policeman's mobile phone and a chain around his neck when he attempted to call 911 during the alleged incident at the Mercury Bar in the Murray Hill area.
One of the soldiers arrested, Iosefo Yavala, has been charged with robbery and assault. The other five - Iliakini Raderua, Thomas Shute, Felite Vunisarati, Mosese Kuruala and Joeli Raduva - have all been charged with a single count of assault.
The six men could face discharge from the army if they are found to have breached its code of conduct.
An NYPD spokesman said: "On Friday 30th at 4.40am (9.40am BST) in front of Mercury Bar, 493 3rd Avenue, an off-duty officer was punched and robbed by three or four males.
"The off-duty officer called 911 and officers responded. Six arrests were made in regards to the incident."
The Ministry of Defence said it is aware of the incident. A spokesperson added: "This is a matter for the NYPD and it would be inappropriate to comment while there is an ongoing investigation.
"All those who are found to fall short of the Army's high standards will face disciplinary action, up to and including discharge, if appropriate."
The six soldiers - members of the regimental rugby team - were due to play at the Mystic River Rugby Club in Boston.
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