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Aylesbury police chief responds to assaults on staff

Officers have been spat at or coughed over during the coronavirus outbreak.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:43am 27th May 2020. 2-minute read.

Aylesbury police chief responds to assaults on staff

Police officers have been put at risk during the pandemic, as people have coughed over or spat at them.

The area's Superintendent told us the safety of officers is one of his main priorities, especially at the moment.

We heard a few weeks ago that there had been 200 assaults against Thames Valley Police staff over the past few months.

Supt. Mike Loebenberg said:

"We have seen throughout the health emergency period that there has been a rise in offences against our staff.

"Individuals stating, for example, that they have Covid-19 or may have it and are coughing or spitting towards officers."

Mike told us that they take these incidents very seriously.

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He added:

"Clearly that behaviour is completely unacceptable and we have brought people who are committing offences of that ilk into custody.

"We will always seek prosecution where it is in the public interest to protect our staff and protect the wider public from the offender."

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