0 Have your say THE GOVERNMENT has been urged to ensure harsher punishments for attacks on emergency service workers become law after a YEP investigation revealed thousands of assaults on police officers, firefighters and frontline NHS staff across West Yorkshire in just two years. Fraudster stole £216,000 from Leeds Christian charity for disadvantaged children to fund lavish lifestyleData uncovered by this newspaper shows police officers rammed by cars, headbutted and scalded; firefighters subjected to racial abuse, missiles and fireworks; and an ambulance technician sexually assaulted in the back of her vehicle – all while trying to help the public.The harrowing incidents are revealed just weeks before MPs will vote on a new bill, spearheaded by Halifax MP Holly Lynch, that will introduce harsher punishments on those who abuse emergency workers.The Assaults on Emergency Service Workers Bill, inspired by Ms Lynch’s Protect the Protectors campaign, will give judges greater powers to inflict longer custodial sentences in the hope that the guidelines will act as a deterrent.Figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act show that in West Yorkshire in 2016 and 2017, there were 2,061 attacks on police officers and 208 instances of abuse on firefighters.There were 1,629 attacks on Yorkshire… Read full this story
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