In the first of its kind, a man from Wigan was imprisoned for assaulting a police officer.
27-year-old Daniel Hilton from Hawthorne Grove was imprisoned for three months in the Magistrates Court of Manchester in accordance with the new legislation.
The conviction comes after Hilton embraced him on the thigh of a police constable and stuck his teeth in when he responded to reports of a man with a knife.
The PC, a 30-year-old man, was called to Li at 12:15 on Saturday afternoon (November 24, 2018) and was finally able to secure Hilton after using a taser and foot restraints.
Legislation – The “Attacks on Emergency Workers” bill (“Offenses”) means the prison time for those who attack employees in the public sector can double.
In implementing the law, judges will take into account that the crime was committed against an emergency worker. If previously those who committed these types of crimes could receive a maximum term of six months in prison, it can now be increased to one year.
Assistant Chief Constable Annette Anderson said:
Members of emergency services often put themselves at risk of protecting others, and this incident is no different.
Attacking, when you are just trying to do your job, is something that no one should face, but being purposeful until you come to the aid of others is nothing but an unforgivable thing.
As in any case, we will vigorously pursue those who use violence against those who answer 999 calls, and will do everything in our power, with recently adopted legislation, to protect defenders.
– Assistant Chief Constable Annette Anderson