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Twelve police officers in Essex assaulted over weekend

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Twelve police officers have assaulted in Essex over the weekend in five different incidents. Officers responded to calls for help at incidents in Clacton, Chelmsford, Rayleigh Southend and South Ockendon but came away injured.

In one incident, three of our officers were kicked and head-butted by a woman in Galey Green, South Ockendon, after police responded to a disturbance at around 8.10pm on Saturday, November 4.

One of the officers had to have anti-viral treatment in hospital after the woman spat in his face.

Rachael Jeffrey, 25, of Arcany Road, South Ockendon, was jailed to 29 weeks in prison at Colchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to three counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty and two counts of criminal damage after kicking a fence and police car. Jeffrey was also ordered to pay £300 in compensation.

There have been a number of occasions over the weekend that our officers have been punched, kicked and even spat at after responding to calls for help. This is completely unacceptable. A number of people have been arrested into connection with these assaults, with one being sent to prison. “The officers are all being supported by their senior managers and I am pleased to say none were seriously injured. It makes me incredibly proud to know that all the officers carried on with their duties, despite the assaults, and continue to work tirelessly to make our county a safer place.

– Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet