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Consultation launched on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker

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Consultation launched on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker

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"Anyone who assaults or attacks emergency workers could face longer jail terms, as a consultation on doubling the maximum penalty for the offence is launched today."

Published 13 July 2020
Last updated 13 July 2020
From: Ministry of Justice

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cons ... ncy-worker

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Re: Consultation launched on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker

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Thank you Waterbaby.

I watched a bit of this on the news this morning where they had a fire person commenting on these new potential penalties and he wasn't in favour.

A bit like the way our health and safety professionals try to have people buy-in to the reasons for conforming, this fire professional would rather see it done in a buy-in way also.

Wonder what others think?
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Re: Consultation launched on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker

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I am TOTALLY against this law on the grounds of its discriminatery overtones

If the same thug spits at a traffic warden on the monday and a firefighter on the Tuesday, the latter offence would in all practical ways be taken more seriously, especially in terms of sentencing

How about if the traffic warden is physically injured? A black eye perhaps. That event may also attract a lesser sentence than the spitting on a firefighter assault . Is it right that 2 workers be treated differently?

That traffic warden may be a on call firefighter with a pager in his/her pocket. Two different sentences depending on what hat the individual is wearing. Crazy!

In my fire service career I have ve been spat at, had a chair thrown at me and even had a drunk vagrant point a gun as I refused an offer of a swig from his bottle which offended him!!!

I was and remain confident that the law of the land provides sufficient protection for 999 workers without any special case mentality being introduced.

There are scores of examples of witnesses to accidents being attacked when they try to help, and other workers assaulted regularly from social workers to bar staff, hotel staff to roadside breakdown people - then what about court bailiffs, bouncers, teachers, college staff , public transport staff - all of who are high risk occupationd in relation to assaults

Don't their lives matter? I hate this change in the law with a vengeance (just in case you havent worked it out 🙄)

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