Crimes Against the Person: Emergency Services

Attorney General written question – answered on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of Simon Baynes Simon Baynes Conservative, Clwyd South

To ask the Attorney General, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the CPS’s handling of assault cases against emergency workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Attorney-General

A disappointing feature of this pandemic is the high number of assaults against emergency workers. The CPS is prosecuting cases robustly. During the first month of lockdown, the CPS prosecuted over 300 cases of assaults against emergency workers and it’s clear that when an individual threatens to infect an emergency worker by spitting or coughing, it will be treated extremely seriously by prosecutors.

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