People who attack emergency workers could face longer jail terms under a new law introduced today.
The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill will see increased sentences for common assault with a new maximum sentence of 12 months being introduced. The sentence is double the existing maximum sentence of six months.
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, who presented the bill, described the increase in attacks on emergency workers as a 'terrible trend'
The North Wales Police Federation welcomed the introduction of the tougher sentences and said it was a significant step in protecting emergency service workers.
The new measures are due to come into force in November.