Home Secretary Priti Patel has called for urgent action over assaults on police with tougher punishments for the “monsters” who attack officers. In a speech to a conference of senior officers in Warwickshire on Monday, Ms Patel stressed she is “on the same side” as the service and wants longer jail terms for the attacks. Last year the maximum punishment for attacking an emergency services worker was increased to 12 months in prison. Speaking at the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) event she said: “We need a strong deterrent to make those thugs think twice. The Assaults on Emergency Workers Act was a start, but in its first six weeks only one in four people convicted of new offences were jailed and the average sentence was just over two months. “I know the strength of these punishments is a matter of concern to you all, and I share those concerns.’URGENT ACTION’ “This epidemic of attacks demands urgent action. I’m now working with the Lord Chancellor to make sure they are handled with the appropriate severity by the whole criminal justice system.”Last month Thames Valley Police constable Andrew Harper was killed when he was dragged under a van while responding to reports… Read full this story
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