Pledge after 12 officers suffer assaults on duty

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ASSAULTS on police are never acceptable, the man representing rank-and-file officers has said.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation said 12 officers were kicked, punched, head-butted and spat on over the weekend.

Mr Apter is campaigning to raise the profile of assaults on police, and told The News while the weekend attacks resulted in minor injuries he yesterday visited an officer who was affected eight months after an assault.

He said around 1,000 officers were assaulted last year.

As part of the campaign he is posting on Twitter details of attacks.

Mr Apter said: ‘The work that I’m doing is trying to raise the profile to make sure officers are better looked after by the constabulary.

‘Every time I hear of assaults I’m putting it out there.’

He said the 12 assaults happened mainly in Southampton.

On Twitter he said: ‘12 of our officers kicked, punched, head butted & spat on over the weekend. Never acceptable and not just part of the job.’

Mr Apter wants the Home Office to record all assaults.

He has been working with Hampshire Constabulary’s chief constable Andy Marsh on the subject.