Shocking figures reveal police officers attacked, assaulted and spat at in West Yorkshire in run up to Christmas

Police in West Yorkshire were attacked multiple times in a week
Police in West Yorkshire were attacked multiple times in a week

A total of 43 police officers have been attacked, spat at, punched and kicked in the past week, figures from the West Yorkshire Police Federation.

A total of 43 police officers have been attacked, spat at, punched and kicked in the past week, figures from the West Yorkshire Police Federation.

This is how attacks on police have totted up in West Yorkshire in the seven days between December 12 and 18:

Punched 14

Kicked 8

Spat at 5

Bitten 3

Heatbutted 1

Grappled/Bodily Force 12

Craig Grandison, Vice Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: "What with Mad Friday as well as Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve there's sadly a real risk of these numbers rocketing.

"We saw some horrendous assaults on West Yorkshire Police officers at this time last year. Our colleagues working hard over the Christmas and New Year period missing time with their loved ones do not deserve to be attacked like this.

"It's important that those committing these crimes are given the stiffest possible sentences.

"We would also urge all West Yorkshire Police colleagues to properly record when they are assaulted so we can have a true picture of the attacks. And to look after themselves and each other.