Crime chief praises bravery of two female officers hurt in Wakefield attacks

Mark Burns-Williamson
Mark Burns-Williamson
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WEST Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns–Williamson has praised the bravery of two female officers who were injured in two separate attacks in Wakefield district on Saturday night.

A 44-year-old officer was knocked unconscious after responding to a report of a domestic incident at an address in the Eastmoor area of the city.

She suffered swelling and bruising to her eye and cheekbone and a hand injury.

And a 36-year-old officer suffered cuts and bruising to her face in an attack after she responded to a 999 call in the Featherstone area.

Mr Burns–Williamson said “My primary concern is the welfare of the injured officers and I wish them both a speedy recovery.

“Thankfully incidents such as this are rare but this does not excuse the completely unacceptable nature of these attacks which pale in comparison to the bravery shown by the officers.

“We all must recognise the courage and selflessness demonstrated by officers and staff every single day to ensure the safety of the public. I want to thank all of them for their dedication and commitment in keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”

Wakefield Divisional Commander Chief Supt Simon Whitehead, said: “Assaults on police officers in the execution of their duty trying to protect the public are unacceptable and those people who choose to commit such acts of violence towards officers will be dealt with as the law allows. My staff do an amazing job in protecting communities and supporting those most vulnerable in our communities.

“Having spoken to both officers, they are both keen to continue to working with our communities as soon as they can.

“To me this attitude is what makes policing in West Yorkshire first class and I continue to be incredibly proud of my staff and the work they do, despite the risks that they take and on occasion the injuries that they sustain.”

Craig Grandison, West Yorkshire Police Federation’s health & Safety leader, said: “These two incidents are another example of the dangers that police officers are exposed to every day. There are no such things as routine calls for police officers.

“Unfortunately policing is a dangerous occupation and you never know what the next call may bring. On this occasion thankfully the injuries were not as serious as they could have been and both officers are recovering.”

A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assaulting the officer in Eastmoor and released on bail. A 27-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the incident in Featherstone.

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