Further assaults on police in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:19 13 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 13 October 2018

There have been further assaults on Norfolk police officers. Pic: Ian Burt.

There have been further assaults on Norfolk police officers. Pic: Ian Burt.

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More police officers have been assaulted in Norwich, including by a wanted man who police arrested because they had been recalled to prison.

Norwich police had detained the man, but tweeted: “Seems he didn’t want to go, so ended up being further arrested for assault PCx2 and resisting arrest.”

And Sgt Mark Shepherd, community sergeant for Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team, posted that a man had been arrested in Norwich’s Haymarket for public order offences and assaulting police.

Home Office figures recently revealed a 32pc rise in assaults on police officers in Norfolk, with 515 attacks recorded between April 2017 and March 2018.

Last month, a new law was given the go-ahead which will double the maximum sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting an emergency service worker to 12 months.

Chris Harvey, district commander for Broadland, welcomed the new law, which comes into force next month.

He said: “It is a sad fact that assaults against officers are increasing and they are subjected to abhorrent behaviour on an almost daily basis.

“It is completely unacceptable to assault a person who is simply going out to do their job and do their best to serve the community.”

Last month, six police officers were assaulted in what Andy Symonds, from the Norfolk Police Federation, described as a night of “shocking violence”.

It led to a man being jailed and Mr Symonds calling for all police officers to be given Tasers to defend themselves with, in the wake of an increasing number of attacks.

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