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Nine police officers assaulted on separate New Year’s Eve incidents

Nine police officers were assaulted while trying to keep people safe and investigate crimes on New Year’s Eve and into the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Officers were subjected to violence and abuse when they attended separate incidents, including being spat at, bitten, kicked and punched.

Now police are renewing calls for this unacceptable behaviour to stop, stressing this is not just part of the job.

Last night an officer was bitten on her arm and leg and another was punched to her face and chest after they attended a report of a disturbance in Willow Hill Close, Bulwell, at around 10.40pm.

A 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault of an emergency worker.

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Two officers were also met with aggressive behaviour and assaulted, with one being bitten to his arm, after responding to concerns for a woman’s safety at an address in the Sneinton area of Nottingham at around 4.45am today (1 January 2022).

A 39-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of common assault of an emergency worker and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Two more officers were kicked while trying to defuse the situation after attending a disturbance in Potter Street, Worksop, shortly after 5.30pm on New Year’s Eve.

A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating of an emergency worker and a 48-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of assault and racially-aggravated public order.

A report of another disturbance in Furlong Street, Arnold, during the early hours of today, resulted in an officer being kicked to his arm and a colleague being spat at.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place and common assault of an emergency worker.

During a separate incident, which happened in Leeming Street, Mansfield, at around 11pm yesterday, a police officer was headbutted to the mouth while he was trying to get a man to leave the area.

The 21-year-old suspect continued to act aggressively towards officers after they arrested him on suspicion of assaulting a police constable in the execution of his duty.

None of the officers involved in these incidents were seriously injured and their welfare is being looked after by the force.

Inspector Sue Wain, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Assaults on frontline emergency service workers who work tirelessly to serve and protect the public when they are most in need are totally unacceptable.

“This is not just part of the job and any assault on police officers – physical or verbal – will be dealt with accordingly.

“These officers had been attending incidents in order to prevent and detect crimes and keep people safe – only to be met with hostility as they carried out their vital duties.

“All key workers including police and fellow blue light staff have the right to go about their duties without being assaulted. The force and our partners have made it clear this type of disgusting behaviour won’t be tolerated.”

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