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‘Significant’ number of officers assaulted on Christmas Day, says Sussex Police



A police force has said a “significant number” of officers were assaulted while on duty on Christmas Day.

At least 16 officers from Sussex Police were assaulted, with some being spat at, kicked, punched and bitten – while one officer suffered a dislocated shoulder.

The force has said the incidents were “completely unacceptable” and “will not be tolerated”.

Twelve of the assaults happened in West Sussex while another four were in Brighton and Hove.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland said: “Each one of these officers has sacrificed spending Christmas with their loved ones to protect the public and catch criminals, only to be on the receiving end of offences committed by a small number of individuals.

“We are fortunate to have committed police officers who signed up to protect vulnerable people and make our towns and communities a safer place; they did not sign up to be assaulted, insulted or abused.

“While the vast majority of people in Sussex are fully supportive of our officers and our force, there is a small minority who seem to think the law does not apply to them.”

He added that any offenders would be dealt with “robustly”.

Assaults on emergency service workers have risen by nearly a third compared with last year, according to police data.



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