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Calls for tougher sentences for attacks against officers

19-03-2018

Police officers in King’s Lynn captured an attack on their Reveal body cameras that Sgt Mark Shepherd, community sergeant for Norwich East, hopes will be used to convict the attacker.

Sgt Shepherd tweeted “Utterly disgusting assault on one of my officers.

“The arrested individual has been charged with assaulting police and a few other offences. Captured all on body worn video. Lets hope it gets played in court.”

The man spat in a female officer’s face during the incident, as well as kneeing another officer as they fought to contain him.

Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green and the county’s chief constable Simon Bailey are leading calls for tougher sentences for those who assault officers.

“Nobody gets paid to work in the morning to be assaulted,” said Mr Green. “No-one wants officers sitting in A&E, we want them on the front line keeping us safe.”

A private member’s bill to increase sentences goes before MPs next month.

“That bill would increase sentences from the current six months to 12 months for anyone assaulting an emergency worker,” said Mr Green. “I think it should be five years - it’s abhorrent.”

Mr Green has urged people to ask their MP to support the private member’s bill.

Labour MP Chris Bryant, who proposed it, said that assaults on police and paramedics were a “national disgrace”.

The government is expected to back the bill, which safeguards police, firefighters, ambulance workers and search and rescue personnel.

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