Calls for action as assaults on police officers soar

THREE police officers are attacked every day in Hampshire, new statistics show.

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 9:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 10:35 am
John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation. Picture: Sarah Standing

Now Hampshire Police Federation has said attacking police should be treated as a hate crime.

Figures show there were 1,118 physical and verbal assaults last year.

Officers have faced punches, kicks and even eye gouging.

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Federation chairman John Apter said assaulting an officer should be classed as a hate crime.

This term is currently reserved for attacks based on religion, race or sexuality.

Mr Apter said: ‘They are not society’s punch bags and they deserve the support of government and the wider judicial system.’