A FEMALE PCSO was punched in the face yesterday while trying to break up a fight between a man in his 60s and a teenager on an Edgware petrol station forecourt.

The pair started brawling at the Esso Petrol station in Spur Road at about 8.45am, after the 18-year-old blocked the entrance with his car, but refused to move when beeped by the 62-year-old.

The older man then drove into the teenager causing him to fall onto the bonnet, before getting out and confronting the younger man, who tried to walk away.

As he did so the older man swung a punch and the teenager reacted. Two PCSOs passing by spotted the scuffle on the floor and went to break them up.

As they did so the older man lashed out catching the female officer on the cheek. The officers called for assistance and the 62-year-old was arrested on suspicion of affray and assaulting the PCSO.

However, he told officers he thought the PCSOs were the younger man's friends trying to help him and lashed out in defence.

He was handed a caution for common assault while the younger man was released without charge.