The Home Secretary has condemned what she referred to as a ‘disgusting attack’ after a kettle of hot water was thrown over two Northants Police officer.
Priti Patel tweeted to say:
“A disgusting attack on two of our incredible police officers.
“I struggle to comprehend how anyone could commit such an act. My thoughts are with these brave officers during this difficult time.
“I stand ready to offer @NorthantsPolice & @NorthantsChief
any support they need”.
Officers responded to a call made for help by a member of the public in Abington shortly before midnight on Saturday 7th November.
Whilst dealing with the incident, one officer suffered severe burns after the kettle of boiling water was thrown over him. As a result of the outrageous attack, the officer sustained second-degree burns to the left side of his body.
He will now require months of prolonged and painful plastic surgery following the ordeal.
His colleague, who also attended the incident, received minor burns injuries to one of his hands. Both officers were treated at Northampton General Hospital.
Chief Constable Pays Tribute To His Officers
Paying tribute to the officers, Chief Constable Nick Adderley said:
“This was an appalling attack on two officers who had been called to deal with an extremely vulnerable young person. The actions of other officers at the scene were exceptional, in particular, one colleague whose rapid response in the immediate aftermath of the attack prevented these very serious injuries being even worse.
“Once again, incidents such as these demonstrate the really challenging situations which our officers are left to confront on a daily basis.
“I wish both officers a speedy recovery after what was an extremely traumatic incident.”
Sam Dobbs, chair of the Northamptonshire Police Federation, said:
“This was an officer with just over two years service who went to a normal incident and sustained quite horrific injuries.
“While he comes to terms with his burns, we think also of the other officers who attended the scene and, using their excellent first-aid training, looked after the officer while arresting the suspect.
“This is yet another example of the dangers officers run into and their stoicism of which we are all proud.”
A 15-year-old girl who was arrested at the scene was remanded to appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 9th November charged with grievous bodily harm and a further count of assaulting an emergency worker.
She was released on unconditional bail to appear before Wellingborough Youth Court on November 17.
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