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Local Fed leaders campaign against officer assaults

Fed leaders have staged an online day of action against assaults. It came as a thug was jailed for just six months despite using a motorbike as a weapon.

Local reps have revealed the shocking number of officer assaults – and challenged the sentences passed by courts.

An awareness campaign has highlighted the number of assaults and cases where courts have passed either suspended sentences or jail terms of just a few months despite new legislation that increased the tariff to two years.

West Yorkshire reacted with fury after a man left court having been found guilty of attempting to head butt an officer.

David Walker, who was already on a suspended sentence, had admitted a charge of assaulting an emergency worker after an incident in May.

He walked free after being given four months, suspended for 12 months, and told him his previous suspended sentence will remain in place.

Judge Bayliss said: “It’s against my better judgement but I’m going to impose another suspended sentence.”

The local fed responded: “Appalling. We must protect the protectors.”

In Kent, a 24-year-old man who drove a motorbike at an officer - and failed to turn up sentencing - was jailed for just six months.

A court heard Jordan Stimson, who was banned from driving, had been spotted by officers in December last year.

When ordered to stop he ran the motorbike into the officer before fleeing despite being Tasered.

The officer suffered a back injury.

Stimson, who admitted dangerous driving and driving without a licence and insurance, was jailed for six months and given a 27-month driving ban.

Kent’s Federation said: “1,686 Kent Police officers were assaulted on duty last year. That’s 32 a week. Unacceptable.”

The Met Police Federation revealed 118 officers are assaulted in the capital every week.

It came as a 33-year-old woman was given a suspended sentence last week for assaulting an emergency worker in a supermarket.

The court heard the woman, who was armed with a bread knife, had stolen alcohol worth more than £130 for three successive days.

After pleading guilty to five offences at Bromley Magistrates’ Court, Caroline Betts was committed to prison for six months, suspended for 12 months and given a £128 fine.

The Police Federation said court sentences rarely reflect the mental health impact of assaults on officers.

Highlighting one recent case, Belinda Goodwin, Wellbeing Lead, said: “This doesn’t take into account the mental health impact an assault leaves on us. the scars never leave you either visible invisible.”

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