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Police attacks 'shock' senior officer

There have been 14 arrests in North Yorkshire. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Attacks on police constables have been branded "shocking" by a senior officer.

The comments have come from North Yorkshire Police's Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain after figures of the number of arrests for assaulting officers over the festive period were released.

Between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day there were 14 arrests for assaulting police officers in North Yorkshire.

Eight of these arrests took place in Scarborough with three each in York and Harrogate.

ACC Cain said: “These figures are shocking and utterly unacceptable.

“It is extremely alarming that so many police officers are being assaulted when they are simply carrying out their duty to help keep the public safe from harm.

“Our officers, alongside other emergency service workers, were required to forego time at home with their families during the festive period and worked tirelessly to make sure the safety of the public remained paramount."

“I cannot express how disappointed I am that a number of our officers were assaulted," he added.

"It truly is appalling. There is never an excuse for such behaviour and it should never be seen as ‘just part of the job’.

“It is a great credit to the police and emergency services that those same individuals who were assaulted carried on with their duties serving the public over Christmas and New Year. That is simply because they are focussed on ensuring everyone else remains safe and this is something we can be extremely proud of.”