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Seven police officers assaulted in one night in ‘rising tide of violence’ – four of them in Bingham

Police are coming under attack in a rising tide of violence towards officers which was further evidenced with separate incidents overnight – leading to seven assaulted in the line of duty.

A number of police officers from Nottinghamshire Police were faced with violent and abusive behaviour when they attended incidents this weekend including being spat at, kicked and racially abused.

This comes on the back of several other reports of similar assaults to officers over the last few weeks.

Now police are calling for this to stop and say this is not just part of the job.

Last night officers had to use Taser to arrest a man after three officers were head-butted and pushed after they attended a report of a disturbance in Main Street, Scaftworth at 5.35pm.

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As officers placed a handcuff on a man, he also violently swung the handcuffs at one of the officer’s head, leaving her with wounds which she needed hospital treatment for. A 40-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Four officers were also met with a wave of aggressive behaviour when they were called to a similar report of a disturbance in Cabourn Drive, Bingham at 1.40am this morning.

They had been refused entry and had glass missiles thrown at them from the upstairs windows.

Once inside, one of the officers was struck in the face, another spat at and kicked and one had their hair pulled. An officer was also racially abused.

Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of assault and public order offences.

Chief Inspector Steven O’Neill said: “We’re disgusted to have seen two further incidents this weekend where violent and abusive behaviour has been directed at police.

“These officers had been attending incidents in order to investigate potential crimes and keep people safe when they were met with such hostility as they carried out their vital duties.

“The officers have been left with cuts and bruises and for one of them, it’s the second time she’s been assaulted in as many days.

“Their welfare is our priority and we are working with them to ensure they’re supported going forward.

“Assaults on frontline emergency service workers who work tirelessly to serve and protect the public are totally unacceptable. This is not just part of the job and any assault on police officers and PCSOs – physical or verbal – will be treated as a crime and dealt with accordingly.

“All key workers including police and other 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 behaviour won’t be tolerated.”

The force and partners last year produced a video saying assaults were not acceptable. This can be viewed here.

Anyone with any information about either of the assaults should ring 101 quoting incident number 598 of 10 July for the Scaftworth assault and incident number 95 0f 11 July for the Bingham assault.

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