We are currently experiencing network problems with the desktop version of Police Oracle. We hope to have these resolved as soon as possible.

Woman sent back to prison after assaulting officer on release

The woman was due to be released from HMP Peterborough.

Zerman Mendi, 28, has been sent back to prison after she assaulted a Cambridgeshire officer on her release date. 

She had been serving a sentence in HMP Peterborough for a public order offence, but on her release date she refused to leave and caused a safety issue by sitting in front of the main prison gates. 

Cambridgeshire police were subsequently called and upon their arrival she threw a large rock at one officer, hitting him on the arm and shouting abuse. 

Once she was arrested and taken to a custody cell, she lashed out at a detention officer multiple times- scratching and striking him - causing injuries to his face. 

Mendi, of no fixed address, has now been sentenced to four months in prison after being found guilty of one assault of an emergency worker relating to the rock she threw. 

She was found not guilty of a second charge of assaulting an emergency worker by spitting and a third charge relating to the detention officer was dropped. 

PC Chris Ogden, who investigated, said: “Our officers support and protect our communities all day every day and any abuse or assaults against them will be fully investigated."

At the start of the month, local Fed reps staged an online day of action against assaults on emergency workers. 

The campaign highlighted individual cases as well as figures- with Kent Federation saying that 1,686 officers were assaulted on duty last year, and the Met giving an average weekly figure of 118 officers. 

Just last week, a Cambridgeshire PC started a podcast to highlight the imapct of being assaulted on the job. PC Leo Clarke was left with a bleed on the brain after he took a punch to the head when following up on a report of a man becoming violent towards his family. 

CC Nick Dean had said assaults upon officers would never be tolerated and were not simply ‘part of the job’. 

Leave a Comment
View Comments 2
In Other News
North Yorkshire officer assaulted
PC's podcast reveals impact of assaults on officers
Local Fed leaders campaign against officer assaults
Bravest of the brave recognised in national awards
More News