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Police attacked keeping New Year party-goers safe

Police attacked keeping New Year party-goers safe

Published by Emma Carton at 6:32am 2nd January 2019. (Updated at 6:36am 2nd January 2019)

Eight police officers have been assaulted keeping Cornwall and Devon safe on New Year's Eve.

The force has revealed half were attacked by someone under the age of 18.

Two ended up injured and in hospital - one with a suspected fractured leg.

The force had already issued a warning, after revealing around four officers were assaulted EVERY DAY over Christmas.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Davies tweeted to say they were kicked, punched and spat at, calling it unacceptable.

It comes after a new campaign in November to help stop emergency workers being assaulted.

Thousands of blue light workers are attacked across the south west each year.

Now #Unacceptable is highlighting the number of assaults staff face whilst on duty.

Police, ambulance, fire and healthcare staff are regularly subjected to attacks from those they are trying to help.

These include serious injury, verbal abuse, spitting and biting, and even sexual assault.

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