Bishop's Stortford police officers suffer injuries in thug attack
A 43-year-old man was carted off to custody after he wounded two Bishop’s Stortford police officers.
They were were called to a neighbour dispute in Stockmen Field, on the St Michael’s Mead estate, last Wednesday (April 3) at 4.55pm.
When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a man threaten to assault one of his neighbours.
Police tried to arrest him and he lashed out. He attacked two of the male officers, biting one on the right thigh and headbutting another.
He was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating of an emergency worker, an offence which, under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 – which came into force on November 13 – now carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison.
There has been an increase in assaults on emergency workers in recent years, with around 26,000 assaults on police officers in the past 12 months and more than 17,000 on NHS staff.
The man has since been released on police bail while investigations into the attack continue.