Three police officers assaulted in Norfolk overnight
PUBLISHED: 12:37 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:22 04 March 2018
Three police officers have been assaulted in King’s Lynn overnight, including two who were kicked in the head and face.
At around 8pm last night (Saturday) two officers were assaulted following the arrest of a man, aged in his 30s, on Norfolk Street.
The man had been identified as being involved in a fight and was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
While officers placed him in the prison van he became aggressive.
He kicked out at the officers, landing a few kicks on their heads and bodies.
The officers suffered a few minor cuts and bruising.
And at 1.30am this morning (Sunday), again on Norfolk Street, a man pushed an officer to stop him arresting his friend.
Police intervened when a man was refusing to leave the entrance of a bar.
The man shouted abuse and when an officer tried to arrest him, his friend pushed the officer away to prevent the arrest.
Both men tried to run away but were quickly detained by officers.
The first man was arrested for drunk and disorderly and the second for assault of a police officer.
The men, local to the King’s Lynn area, spent the night in custody.
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said on twitter the assaults were a “kick in the head and face of us all”.
He added: “Protect the protectors. If you agree sentences for attacks on emergency workers be increased from 6 months to 5 yrs tell your MP before April.”
Over the festive period 17 police officers were assaulted in Norfolk, while more than 390 officers were assaulted in Norfolk between April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 – more than one officer every single day.
And last month, six police officers were assaulted in a single night in the county.
Speaking about the assaults last month Mr Green said: “Attacks on emergency workers who are committed to keeping us safe are abhorrent.
“They shouldn’t have to turn up to work in our behalf and face this kind of thuggery.
“We must all of us demand that parliament and the courts respond robustly.”