In a first of its kind, a man from Wigan has been jailed for assaulting a police officer.
Daniel Hilton, 27, of Hawthorne Grove was jailed for three months at Manchester Magistrates’ Court under a new legislation.
The conviction comes after Hilton wrapped his mouth around a police constable’s thigh and sunk his teeth in, as he was responding to reports of a man with a knife.
The PC – a man in his 30s – was called to an address in Leigh around 12.15 on Saturday afternoon (24 November 2018) and was finally able to secure Hilton after using a Taser and leg restraints.
The legislation – The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill means jail time for those who assault workers in the public sector, could double.
When exercising the legislation, Judges will take into consideration that the offence was committed against an emergency worker. Whereas previously, those who committed these types of offences could receive a maximum sentence of six months in prison, this could now be increased to one year.
Assistant Chief Constable Annette Anderson, said: