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Tougher sentences for assaults on emergency workers to be introduced in Wales

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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'

For far too long emergency workers in wales have been suffering attacks and the number of attacks have grown dramatically over the last few years so I'm delighted that today we've managed to put in place this new Bill.

– Chris Bryant MP

The North Wales Police Federation welcomed the introduction of the tougher sentences and said it was a significant step in protecting emergency service workers.

We now need to see the Courts utilising this new legislation to the maximum effect so that a strong, clear message is sent that we must ‘Protect the Protectors’ and we will be holding the Courts to account should they fail our dedicated and hard-working frontline workers.

– Mark Jones, North Wales Police Federation

The new measures are due to come into force in November.