Video footage show's "ferocious" attack on Lincolnshire Police officers
Community policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, Inspector Ian Martin, has condemned an assault on two Lincolnshire Police officers saying it was a "despicable and ferocious attack".
Disturbing footage of the incident has been captured on a body worn camera.
The footage shows two officers attending a call for a concern for safety in North Hykeham, on December 10.
While attending, one officer was pushed into a hedge by the offender and the other officer was dragged to the ground and punched several times in the face, by the same male offender.
In a tweet, Inspector Martin said: "A despicable and ferocious attack on a brilliant colleague. #BWV captures the ferocity and disgusting nature of the assault."
The Assaults on Emergency (Workers) Act 2018 which, in response to an increase in assaults on emergency workers, came into force last month now allows the courts to impose up to a year’s imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
Under the new legislation, emergency workers include police and police staff, ambulance workers and NHS staff as well as Fire and Rescue staff, Prison Officers and those working in other custodial duties and whether these workers are paid or unpaid.
Where assaults cause more serious injury the legislation considers the offence ‘aggravated’ if it is committed against an emergency worker and gives the Courts the option to impose even harsher sentences.
Lincolnshire Chief Constable Bill Skelly explained why it’s important to convey a clear message that assaults on officers and other emergency workers will not be tolerated.
“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 (emergency service workers) 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.”