19 Jul Officers assaulted while protecting NHS staff
19 July 2018
Assaults on police officers in North Wales overnight have further emphasised the need for a tougher deterent.
Five officers were viciously punched, kicked and spat at, as they protected NHS staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospitals from ‘aggressive and disruptive’ patients. Despite being subjected to disgusting attacks, all of the officers remained on duty.
Thankfully there were no serious injuries, but there is no doubt that these attacks will have an impact upon the officers involved.
Mark Jones, from North Wales Police Federation said: “Yet again, police officers are becoming victims to unprovoked, vile and totally unacceptable assaults whilst they are undertaking their duties in protecting the public. It is worth emphasising that these particular assaults last night were directly as a result of a call to help our emergency service colleagues within our local hospitals. Attacks and assaults on blue light workers will never be accepted as being ‘just part of the job’, and it is time that society and those in a position of power recognise this.
“The officers involved in last nights’ assaults are receiving welfare support from North Wales Police Federation, ensuing they are cared for after being on the receiving end of such appalling behaviour.”
The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-19, instigated by the Police Federation of England and Wales’ ‘Protect The Protectors’ campaign, will receive its third and final reading in the House of Lords on 24 July. The legislation aims to make it an aggravated offence to assault a member of the emergency services.
The Federation has called on peers to enhance the legislation by extending the 12 month maximum sentence to 24 months, and to include spitting as a specific assault.
Find out more about the Protect the Protectors campaign and read a selection of case studies. Tweet your support using the hashtag #ProtecttheProtectors and share our Change.org petition (it currently exceeds 41,000 signatures).