Seven Nottinghamshire Police officers were reportedly attacked in two incidents just hours apart – as the force warned of a “rising tide of violence”.
It said officers were faced with violent and abusive behaviour when they attended incidents on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday – including being spat at, kicked and racially abused.
Police said it followed “several other reports” of similar assaults to officers over the last few weeks.
The latest incidents left police officers with cuts and bruises, with one officer understood to have been assaulted twice in a matter of days.
Nottinghamshire Police has now issued a public plea for the violence to stop – and says this is not should not be part of the job for frontline emergency service workers.
Nottinghamshire Police said the incidents were as follows:
- Officers used a Taser to arrest a man after three officers were head-butted and pushed after they attended a report of a disturbance in Main Street, Scaftworth at 5.35pm on Saturday (July 10). As officers placed a handcuff on a man, he allegedly violently swung the handcuffs at one of the officer’s head, leaving her with wounds which she needed hospital treatment for.
- Four officers were met with what the force says was a “wave of aggressive behaviour” when they were called to a disturbance in Cabourn Drive, Bingham at 1.40am on Sunday morning. They had been refused entry and reportedly had glass missiles thrown at them from the upstairs windows. One of the officers is said to have been struck in the face, another spat at and kicked and one had their hair pulled. The force said an officer was racially abused.
A 40-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident in Scaftworth, while two teenagers were arrested in Bingham on suspicion of assault and public order offences.
Chief Inspector Steven O’Neill said: “We’re disgusted to have seen two further incidents this weekend where violent and abusive behaviour has been directed at police.
“These officers had been attending incidents in order to investigate potential crimes and keep people safe when they were met with such hostility as they carried out their vital duties.
“The officers have been left with cuts and bruises and for one of them, it’s the second time she’s been assaulted in as many days.
“Their welfare is our priority and we are working with them to ensure they’re supported going forward.
“Assaults on frontline emergency service workers who work tirelessly to serve and protect the public are totally unacceptable. This is not just part of the job and any assault on police officers and PCSOs – physical or verbal – will be treated as a crime and dealt with accordingly.
“All key workers including police and other blue light staff have the right to go about their duties without being assaulted. The force and our partners have made it clear this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated.”
Anyone with any information about either of the assaults is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 598 of 10 July for the Scaftworth assault and incident number 95 0f 11 July for the Bingham assault.
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