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Newark officer assaulted after called to report of party on Barnbygate despite covid regulations

Newark officers were alerted to a report of a party taking place despite covid regulations.

They were called to Barnbygate, Newark, at around 10.40pm on Sunday, where an officer was kicked and punched by an occupant. He suffered a thumb injury.

A 37-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker. He remains in police custody.

Barnbygate, Newark. Picture: Google (44431760)
Barnbygate, Newark. Picture: Google (44431760)

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “I am absolutely appalled these officers have been attacked while simply protecting the public amid coronavirus. The past 12 months have arguably been among the toughest on record and our officers have risen to every challenge, putting themselves at risk to keep this dreadful disease at bay.

“Not only will these officers face the physical recovery of their injuries, the impact on their mental health and wellbeing can often be worse and there is utterly no excuse. Anyone who treats emergency workers in this way or thinks it is acceptable to lash out in frustration at the lockdown regulations should face the full arm of the law so others think twice before doing the same."

Mark Petrovic, Nottinghamshire Police Federation chairman, said: “Being a police officer is undoubtedly one of the toughest jobs around.

"Police officers and staff walk into dangerous situations every day, where others walk away crucially they deal with the most difficult situations, but prioritise protecting even those who are violent and aggressive towards them.

“Abusing or assaulting police officers, staff, or other emergency service worker is always unacceptable, but in the current climate it is shocking.

“As frontline workers, they are out there every day working to keep us safe. They deserve the highest respect and should be commended for what they are doing."

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