13 Aug 13th August 2019
A thug has been jailed for three years after attacking a police officer so badly she was unable to hold her baby daughter.
PC Alison Laughlan, 28, had been responding a street brawl in Johnstone, Scotland when Adam McManus, 26 launched the assault, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.
When she tried to arrest him after he assaulted two of his neighbours, he beat her around the head up to 30 times and told her ‘I’m going to f***ing kill you”.
He continued to her beat her and other officers despite being sprayed with Pava
Constable Laughlan, who has been a serving officer for almost eight years, was left with a concussion and severe bruising on her face, neck and ribs following the assault.
The vicious thug was jailed after admitting four charges against him at the court, including assault to severe injury on PC Laughlan.
Constable Laughlan has been nominated for a Scottish Police Federation bravery award.
Three Scottish Police Federation reps have taken part in a 180 mile cycling challenge through the Western Isles to raise money for local charities.
James Thomson, Gordon Milne and Neil Cameron donned their lycra at the start line in the Butt of Lewis on July 10.
The trio were part of a 50 strong group of riders, including other representatives from the emergency services, who completed the three day ride which finished in Barra.
As there are no SPF reps based on the islands, the group decided to pay visits to all the police stations on the route including Stornoway, Tarbet, Lochmaddy and Balivanich.
They used the opportunity to listen to any concerns or comments police officers on the islands had about the challenges and benefits of rural policing.
New figures revealing the number of assaults on the police in Fife are the “tip of the iceberg” according to the Scottish Police Federation.
Officers have been attacked 281 times in the Kingdom since the formation of the national force in June 2013. There were 45 incidents in 2016-17, 63 in 2017-18 and 55 in 2018-19.
Andy Malcolm, chair of the east area at the Scottish Police Federation, said: “We believe these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. I would suggest that there is a massive underreporting of assaults and violence towards police.”
Click here to read more.