In an incident that underscores the growing threat confronting law enforcement, an assault in Sheffield resulted in injuries to two police officers, necessitating their hospitalisation.
During their patrol on Saturday, 20th May, in the Willoughby Street area of Sheffield, two officers became the targets of a violent encounter.
At around 7.30 pm, the officers were assaulted.
Both officers required medical attention and were transported to a hospital. Thankfully, the injuries sustained were not serious.
Alana Dunkova, 38, and Matus Mizigar, 40, both residents of Willoughby Street, Sheffield, are the accused in the incident.
Dunkova is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, while Mizigar faces charges of assaulting an emergency worker and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Both were remanded into custody, due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 22nd May.
Rising Assaults on Police Officers
This episode fits into a concerning trend across England and Wales.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), over 41,000 assaults on police officers were recorded in the year ending March 2022.
This figure marks an 11% increase from the previous year.
Breakdown of Assaults
A more detailed look at these assault statistics reveals some worrisome patterns.
Most prevalent is the ‘assault without injury’, which accounted for 71% of all assaults on officers.
These incidents typically involve officers being pushed, shoved, or grabbed.
More gravely, 29% of assaults were classified as ‘assault with injury’, where officers endure punches, kicks, or bites.
Most of these assaults occur in the street, making up 43% of all incidents.
Who Are the Perpetrators?
In a demographic breakdown, it appears that men are the most common perpetrators, accounting for 84% of assaults on officers.
Additionally, the 25-34 years age group is most commonly involved, responsible for 32% of such incidents.
These statistics underline the increasing danger faced by our police officers daily.
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Demographics should also include ethnicity.
Liable for deportation?
In another article, an off duty copper was jailed for several months for pushing a woman over. He was then fired. How long will these two get? A suspended sentence? Will they lose their jobs, assuming they have one to lose?
Had these two officers really clobbered the two assailants, they would have faced assault charges. Unless and until we properly redress the balance of justice so that those who assault emergency workers receive serious sentences, it will continue at these crazy heights.
Both of these people have foreign names. If they are British citizens, jail them for a long time with no discount. If they are not, deport them and seize what assets they have to pay for it.
We will never stop such behaviour because there will always be nasty people out there which is why we need the police in the first place but we will certainly reduce it right down.
I am not that concerned about whether jail works as a rehabilitation system or not. I am much more concerned that very unpleasant people are safely locked away for the protection of society.