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Police officers spat at, had hair pulled, and were hit in the face

PUBLISHED: 07:01 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 30 May 2018

Stock photo of police in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

Stock photo of police in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

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Police officers were spat at, had their hair pulled and were hit in the face overnight.

Inspector Lou Provart.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYInspector Lou Provart. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

It happened in King’s Lynn, where police said a woman had to be sprayed with PAVA (an incapacitant spray) and leg restraints had to be used before she was arrested.

Norfolk Police’s Inspector Lou Provart said on Twitter: “A King’s Lynn Police officer [was] assaulted in the course of this night shift. [She] was kicked in the face and had her hair pulled.”

He added: “Thankfully no lasting injury.”

A police spokesman said the incident took place on Blackfriars Road at around 9pm, where the police officer responded to a domestic related incident.

Sgt Mark Shepherd, East Safer Neighbourhood Team, showing all the kit that the police wear out on the streets. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSgt Mark Shepherd, East Safer Neighbourhood Team, showing all the kit that the police wear out on the streets. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One woman in her 20s was arrested on suspicion of assault and assaulting a police constable and was taken to the King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre.

In Norwich, two officers were assaulted overnight in separate incidents.

Sergeant Mark Shepherd said a member of the Norwich East safer neighbourhood team was “assaulted last night confiscating alcohol.”

He added: “One male arrested for assault[ing] police and drunk and disorderly.”

These latest series of attacks against the police comes amid a call for assaults against emergency workers to be punishable by up to 12 months in prison.

There has been a 32pc increase in the number of assaults on police in the past year and more than 500 attacks on officers occurred in Norfolk during that period.

Between April 2017 and March 2018 515 assaults on police were recorded, including 113 of actual bodily harm and 19 of grievous bodily harm.

In response, the Police Federation has been spearheading a campaign to “protect the protectors” and this has helped push the Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill to be debated in the House of Commons.

As well as police, the bill covers workers of the fire service, ambulance, hospital, prison officers and other emergency personnel.

MPs agreed to back the bill in April and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said at the House of Commons that he welcomes the bill, which will now be debated in the House of Lords.

If it passes, the law would introduce tougher penalties for those who attack emergency service workers.

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