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Crackdown on criminals as attacks on 999 workers increase

Criminals who attack paramedics, police officers, fire service personnel and prison officers will face longer jail terms under a new bill. Credit: PA

Criminals who attack paramedics, police officers, fire service personnel and prison officers will face longer jail terms under a new bill.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill is due to receive Royal Assent on Thursday (September 13) - making it law.

A new offence will double the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker from six to 12 months.

The new measures will come into force in November.

Labour MP Chris Bryant presented the Private Members Bill, meaning he introduced it rather than the government.

Mr Bryant said the "growing tide" in attacks on emergency workers was a "national scandal".

"All too often attackers get away with little more than a slap on the wrist.

"I hope this new law will help put a stop to that attitude."

In the year ending March 2018 there were over 26,000 assaults on police officers in England and Wales - including British Transport Police - an increase of around 2,000 assaults on the previous year.

Hundreds of these took place in the Midlands.

900
West Midlands Police officers assaulted in the line of duty in the year to March 2018
351
West Midlands Police officers injured as the result of an assault in the year to March 2018
435
Nottinghamshire Police officers assaulted in the year to March 2018
235
Nottinghamshire Police officers injured as the result of an assault in the year to March 2018
  • Leicestershire Police - 312 assaults with 74 attacks resulting in injury
  • Derbyshire Police - 329 with 127 attacks resulting in injury
  • Nottinghamshire Police - 435 assaults with 235 attacks resulting in injury
  • Staffordshire Police - 518 assaults with 178 attacks resulted in injury
  • West Midlands Police - 900 assaults with 351 attacks resulting in injury