MP vows to tackle assaults on police

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“Assaults on our dedicated police officers are unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”

That’s the message from Halifax MP Holly Lynch in the wake of ANOTHER assault on a police officer in the town last weekend.

Michael Ward has chronic illness who doctor says is too sick to work, but Job Centre staff disagree. With local MP Holly Lynch.

Michael Ward has chronic illness who doctor says is too sick to work, but Job Centre staff disagree. With local MP Holly Lynch.

Ms Lynch said: “Having recently spent a shift with Halifax police and seen the dangers they are facing for myself, I have applied for an urgent debate in Westminster to raise this issue.

“I will be working with the Police Federation to ensure the toughest sentences are awarded to anyone who assaults a police officer, and to push the government bolster the numbers on our front line.”

The latest incident happened as officers from the Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support team arrested a 42-year-old man in Halifax on suspicion of theft on Saturday. During the arrest, it is alleged that an officer was assaulted and suffered an injury to his finger. The man was then arrested over the incident.

Sergeant Penny Robinson said: “Any assault on a police officer is treated very seriously and enquiries into this matter are continuing.”

The assault follows an incident on August 28, which left a male and a female officer with cuts and bruises.

Police were called to a reported domestic complaint involving a male at a house party in Saltburn Street, Halifax.

During the incident, both were assaulted by a male. While trying to make the arrest, the female officer was further assaulted by a person in a crowd which had gathered outside to watch.

Both officers were taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital for checks.

A 23-year-old man from Halifax has been charged and will appear before Calderdale Magistrates’ Court on September 15.