Two Lincolnshire Police officers were seriously injured and had to be cut free from their vehicle after they were repeatedly rammed by a car that they were trying to stop.
The harrowing incident occurred over the bank holiday weekend during an incredibly busy time for emergency services personnel around the country.
In Lincolnshire alone, ten police officers were injured after being assaulted in conditions which were described by one senior officer as being “like the Wild West”.
Talking about the attacks on his officers, Supt Paul Timmins said:
“No officer, nobody should be subjected to that sort of level of violence when they go to their work,” he said.
“We’re here to help and support our communities and work with our communities and it really angers me that there is a section of our community that thinks it’s OK to punch a cop or to drive into a police vehicle.”
Supt Timmins confirmed that the officers who had to be cut free from their police vehicle after it was rammed suffered from whiplash injuries.
Four other officers required hospital treatment after being attacked over the weekend.
He added: “It felt a little bit like the Wild West over the weekend.”
At a time when assaults on emergency services personnel are increasing, over 400 officers in the county of Lincolnshire have been assaulted in the last 12 months alone.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Marc Jones, described the ramming of the police cars as “truly shocking” and called for people who damaged police equipment to be forced pay the full amount for repairs.
“When people crash in to other vehicles on purpose to get away, I think some people genuinely think it’s like a video game that we can just press reset and start again with another three lives,” he said.
“Obviously that’s not the case. Peoples’ injuries can last a lifetime, if they survive them.”
Many frontline emergency services personnel feel like the violence they are experiencing is getting out of control, with even the Fire & Rescue Service reporting a massive increase in the number of staff being assaulted.
Two paramedics were hospitalised recently after the patient they were treating turned violent against them, with one of the life-saving paramedics suffering a broken thumb.
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