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A 54 year old man from Worcester has become one of the first people to be charged under the Assault on Emergency Workers Bill.

The man was arrested on Tuesday morning, after police were called to a domestic incident. He is alleged to have punched two police officers, in the arm and jaw, causing bruising. He has been charged with two counts of assault on officers and resisting arrest.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion welcomed the charges. He said “No one should come to work expecting to be assaulted. The change in law, is something which I’ve long campaigned for, as part of my Behind the Badge and I’m pleased to see it being used to protect our hard working officers and staff.”

For more information on the Behind the Badge campaign click here.

The Assault on Emergency Workers Bill came into effect in November 2018, and makes certain offences aggravated when committed against emergency workers, giving courts the power to impose stronger sentences, doubling the maximum sentence for an assault against an emergency worker from 6 to 12 months in prison.

Issued: Friday 11th January 2019