Assaults increase by 31 per cent

Assaults on emergency service workers have increased by 31 per cent when comparing July this year to the same period last year.

The figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, cover the four weeks to 2 August 2020 and have been compared with the same four weeks in 2019.

“Police officers and other emergency service workers should not find themselves the victims of assaults while they are serving the public at any time but during a pandemic these attacks seems particularly despicable,” says Maria Henry, chair of Gwent Police Federation.

“The fact that these assaults have increased at a time when crime has fallen is quite shocking. The courts must hand out tougher sentences to these offenders so that they are punished but also so that others are deterred from similar attacks.”

 The Federation continues to push for an increase in sentences for those who assault emergency service workers with its ‘Protect The Protectors’ campaign.

National Federation vice-chair Ché Donald said: “It is vital to safeguard the physical and mental wellbeing of police officers and ensure courts issue tougher sentences for those who assault emergency service workers.”