December 20, 2018 2.25 pm This story is over 33 months old

Shocking assault on police officers caught on camera

One officer was punched several times in the face

A female police officer was dragged to the ground and punched repeatedly by a man, while her colleague was pushed into a hedge, in shocking video footage captured on a body worn camera.

The two female officers attended a call for a concern for safety in North Hykeham on December 10.

One of the officers was pushed into a hedge by a man. The other officer was dragged to the ground and punched several times in the face by the same male offender.

A recently introduced law – The Assaults on Emergency (Workers) Act 2018 – increases the penalties for assaults on all Emergency Services Personnel.

The law came into force last month, which allows the courts to impose up to a year’s imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

Where assaults cause more serious injury the legislation considers the offence ‘aggravated’ if it is committed against an emergency worker. This gives the courts the option to impose even harsher sentences.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: “We have a duty to look after and protect the public but we are all too often prevented from doing so due to violent individuals who choose to attack those who are there to help them.

“Most importantly it should be remembered that they are fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. When they are attacked they become victims just like any other, but victims who have been attacked while trying to help others.”

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