North East UK news Police officers 'punched, kicked, bitten and spat at' in the line of duty PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Staff at Northumbria Police have been subjected to "completely unacceptable" attacks, an assistant chief constable says
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Punched, kicked, bitten, coughed at and spat on. That's the treatment some police officers have faced while on the line on duty this month, according to Northumbria Police. A total of 60 attacks on police staff were recorded by the force between April 1 and April 21, while 73 were recorded in March. Assaults took place within the homes of people being called on by police; while officers responding to incidents involving individuals who had been drinking; or were carried out by suspects who brought into custody. In the most serious cases, some of these attacks led to hospital treatment and officers needing to take time off work. Assistant Chief Constable Scott Young said: “The officers, staff and volunteers who proudly pull on their Northumbria Police uniform every day, do so because they want to keep people safe and protect our communities.
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.” And, as ChronicleLive continues to call for harsher penalties for those who attack emergency services workers, the force has issued a stern warning of the consequences to anyone who carried out such assaults.
Assistant Chief Constable Young said: “We will absolutely not tolerate any violence towards our officers, staff and volunteers and it is important that anyone who directs such behaviour at emergency service personnel is brought to justice. “Assaulting an emergency worker is a serious offence and anyone who does so needs to be aware they face time in prison.” He added: “We know the overwhelming number of people in the North East are extremely supportive of the police and our emergency service colleagues. “I would like to thank you for the level of support you continue to show and assure you that it is never taken for granted.”
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