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UK News The horrendous attacks on brave emergency workers who risk their lives to protect the public

13:50  05 october  2019
13:50  05 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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From kicking a police officer to pulling a knife on a hospital nurse, these are some of the unbelievable crimes committed against dedicated emergency workers.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act came into force in November, 2018, as a response to the increase seen in recent years in the number of attacks on police officers, fire and rescue personnel, prison officers and certain NHS workers.

According to figures released by the Ministry of Justice, there were 26,000 assaults on police officers in 2018 and more than 15% of NHS staff said they had experienced physical violence from patients, relatives or the public in the past year. Assaults on prison officers rose by 70% in the three years to 2017.

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Following one case, Detective Inspector Vincent Easton, of South Wales Police, said: “One assault on an officer is one too many. Police officers and staff do not go to work to be assaulted or threatened.

“Each and every one of these instances is totally unacceptable and the impact is felt not only on those who are subjected to these assaults but also to officers’ colleagues and families.

“Police officers show incredible bravery every day and their dedication helps keep our communities safe. Police officers and staff are people and committed public servants."

These are some of the shocking cases we've see at court in the last year:

The woman who kicked a police officer and threatened to 'knock out' his colleague

a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Tanya Palmer screamed expletives at officers © Crown Prosecution Service Tanya Palmer screamed expletives at officers

The defendant: Tanya Palmer, 30, from Chepstow Road, Newport, admitted assaulting an emergency worker in breach of a suspended sentence.

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What did she do? Palmer lashed out at a police officer as he tried to arrest her and shouted at his colleague: “I swear I’ll knock you out.” The incident was caught on police body worn camera (see above).

Why did she do it? Julia Cox, defending, said: “This was a panicked reaction to the circumstances she was in at the time.”

The sentence: Palmer was jailed for four months.

What did the judge say? Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said: “This was a deliberate and determined assault on an officer.”

The man who 'hates police with a passion' and tried to bite an officer as he was arrested

a man standing in front of a building: Leroy Parry leaving Swansea Magistrates' Court after an earlier hearing © Jonathan Myers Leroy Parry leaving Swansea Magistrates' Court after an earlier hearing

The defendant: Leroy Parry, 26, from Heol Emrys in Penlan, Swansea, admitted criminal damage and attempting to assault an emergency worker.

What did he do? Parry had to be restrained by officers and placed in a spit hood after becoming aggressive while being arrested for spraying graffiti.

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What did the prosecutor say? Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, said it eventually took five officers to restrain him, with the defendant having to be placed in a spit hood and leg restraints to get him into the van and to the police station.

Why did he do it? When he was interviewed, the defendant stated he hated police officers "with a passion".

The sentence: He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.

The banned driver who knocked a PCSO onto the bonnet of a moving car as he tried to escape

a car parked in a parking lot: Banned driver Kristian Lee Trumper tried to get away from the police © Crown Prosecution Service Banned driver Kristian Lee Trumper tried to get away from the police

The defendant: Kristian Lee Trumper, 32, of Heol y Gors, Cwmgors, Ammanford, admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop after an accident which caused personal injury.

What did he do? Disqualified driver Trumper knocked the PCSO onto the bonnet of the Volvo and drove off, carrying him for some 30ft before braking and causing the officer to fall off.

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Why did he do it? David Singh, defending, said the defendant had "panicked" when approached by the PCSOs because he knew he should not be behind the wheel and made the "ludicrous" decision to drive off.

The sentence: Trumper was given a 12-month prison sentence and banned from driving for three years. He must pass an extended driving test before he can get his licence back.

What did the police say? South Wales Police Chief Inspector Mathew Lewis said: "Our officers and PCSOs come to work to protect members of the public and assaults of any form against them will not be tolerated."

The patient who pulled a knife on a hospital nurse after he disagreed with her diagnosis

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Kelvin McCann © South Wales Police Kelvin McCann

The defendant: Kelvin McCann, 33, from Bute Street in Cardiff, admitted possessing a knife and using threatening behaviour.

What did he do? The defendant pulled a knife out of his pocket after disagreeing with an experienced nurse's assessment findings.

Why did he do it? He told the police he was “desperate for help” and did not intend to scare anyone.

The sentence: McCann was jailed for 12 months and an order was made for the knife to be taken away.

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What did the judge say? Recorder Jones said hospital staff needed to be protected.

The inmate who poured urine over a prison officer's head in an 'act of revenge'

a man looking at the camera: Seth Davies © CPS (main image)/South Wales Police (inset) Seth Davies

The defendant: Seth Davies, 35, who does not have a fixed address, admitted administering a noxious substance with intent to injure, aggrieve, or annoy.

What did he do? The prisoner poured urine over a guard’s head in an "unimaginably disgusting" incident which saw fluid enter his victim's eye and mouth.

Why did he do it? The court heard Davies was misusing controlled drugs at the time and referred to the incident as “an act of revenge”.

The sentence: Davies was jailed for 12 months to start when he finished his existing sentence.

What did the judge say? Judge David Wynn Morgan said: “Such offences have been described as filthy. It was, on any view, an unimaginably disgusting thing to do."

The cowardly drug dealer who repeatedly stamped on a police officer's head then ran away

a man looking at the camera: Muaz Tarafdar © South Wales Police Muaz Tarafdar

The defendant: Muaz Tarafdar, 21, who does not have a fixed address, admitted possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

What did he do? The drug dealer stamped on a police officer’s head then tried to hide in a kebab shop when he was caught with heroin and cocaine.

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Why did he do it? In his police interview, the defendant said he did not realise the victim was a police officer and denied deliberately stamping on his head, claiming he was just trying to pull his leg away.

The sentence: Tarafdar was jailed for four years and one month.

What did the police say? Detective Inspector Vincent Easton, of South Wales Police,said: “One assault on an officer is one too many. Police officers and staff do not go to work to be assaulted or threatened."

The naked woman who smashed a police officer's head into a mirror and tore out clumps of her hair

a woman smiling for the camera: Liza Williams © South Wales Police Liza Williams

The defendant: Liza Williams, 45, from Rushfield Gardens in Bridgend, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

What did she do? The "completely naked" defendant smashed a police officer’s head into a mirror and pulled out clumps of her hair when she asked her to put some clothes on. Williams shattered the mirror as she slammed the officer's head into the glass and punched her colleague before bashing her head against a heated oven.

Why did she do it? When she was interviewed by the police Williams said she was embarrassed to find herself naked in front of two strangers and “lost it” when one of them grabbed her arm.

The sentence: Williams was jailed for 12 months.

What did the judge say? Judge Eleri Rees said: “It should never be thought that being assaulted is somehow part of the job description of a police officer.”

The patient who abused, spat at and throttled the hospital staff trying to save his life

a man looking at the camera: William Kory Mayberry lashed out at medics in Morriston Hospital, spitting at them and trying to bite and head butt them before grabbing a student nurse by the throat © South Wales Police William Kory Mayberry lashed out at medics in Morriston Hospital, spitting at them and trying to bite and head butt them before grabbing a student nurse by the throat

The defendant: William Mayberry, 19, from Ozanam Court in Blaenymaes, Swansea, pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting an emergency worker in breach of a suspended sentence.

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What did he do? Intoxicated Mayberry assaulted and threatened three members of staff who were trying to save his life. He kicked out, repeatedly spat at medics and grabbed one by the throat as they tried to treat him.

Why did he do it? When interviewed by police, the defendant told officers he had drunk a litre of vodka on the day in question and could remember nothing of the events in Morriston A&E.

The sentence: He was sent to a young offender institution for 40 weeks.

What did the judge say? District Judge Christopher James told the defendant hospital staff were there to save lives and that assaults on them were always treated seriously by the courts.

The inmate who punched a prison officer who asked him to stop using a computer

a man smiling for the camera: Nicholas Morgan © South Wales Police Nicholas Morgan

The defendant: Nicholas Morgan, 20, who does not have a fixed address, admitted unlawful wounding and two counts of indecent exposure.

What did he do? The defendant punched a guard who asked him to stop using a computer, leaving him needing stitches to a deep wound on his forehead. Morgan went on to expose himself to female staff at a probation hostel and psychiatric unit, causing them to feel vulnerable doing their jobs.

What did the prosecutor say? Clare Wilks, prosecuting, said: “He [the victim] was just trying to do his job. He was just trying to assist the defendant."

Why did he do it? One doctor concluded he was at times “feigning mental illness to manipulate scenarios”.

The sentence: Morgan was sent to a young offender institution for 19 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

The prisoner who laughed after throwing a bucket full of urine and poo at prison guard

a close up of a man looking at the camera: Benjamin Bevan © South Wales Police Benjamin Bevan

The defendant: Benjamin Bevan, 31, from Heol Tir Du in Morriston, Swansea, admitted administering a poison or noxious substance.

What did he do? Bevan, who had been locked up for biting off part of someone's ear, laughed after throwing a bucket of urine and excrement in a prison officer's face.

What did the victim say? In a personal statement read out in court, the victim said: "I felt humiliated and degraded, especially as they were laughing at me."

Why did he do it? Asked why he did it, the defendant said he wanted to be separated from other prisoners at HM Prison Parc in Bridgend because he wanted to beat his addiction to Spice. He also claimed he was "put up to it" by other prisoners.

The sentence: Bevan was jailed for 18 months.

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