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Off-duty police officer assaulted by two men

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 20 January 2018

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt.

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt.

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An off-duty police officer was assaulted as he walked back to his car in the King’s Lynn area.

Two intoxicated men, aged 25 and 23, have been charged and were kept in custody.

They are due to appear before Norwich Magistrates’ Court today (Saturday).

The officer is back and work and only has minor swelling to his eye. 
Last month during an arrest a man punched a female officer in the face in Watton. She suffered a split lip.

Another officer was assaulted in December, when a man suspected of assaulting a doorman in Dereham headbutted a the officer.

Speaking on those assaults Norfolk Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green said: “I regard an assault on a police officer as an assault on the community. These officers are there to protect us.”

Mr Green and Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey have co-signed a letter urging government support for a private members bill to increase penalties on assaults of those in the emergency services.

From the start of April 2017 until mid-November, 333 Norfolk police officers assaulted. Assaults on police officers and staff rose from 73 in 2011/12 to 475 in 2015/16.

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