POLICE in Barnsley have issued a warning that a ‘zero tolerance’ approach will be taken on criminals who attack officers after two female PCs were assaulted.
At about 2am on Tuesday, the two officers were out of patrol on Lamb Lane, Monk Bretton, when they witnessed a man driving his car erratically.
Monk Bretton has been the scene of increased night-time patrols since a teenager, 18-year-old Jordan Williams, was killed in a crash last month and response unit teams have been prowling Burton Road, Lamb Lane and Cross Street since.
The officers quickly located the vehicle on Lamb Lane, however after going over to speak to the driver, he reportedly became aggressive and attacked the two female officers.
The suspect allegedly forced one officer’s head to the floor and struck the other officer’s face. Both officers attended Barnsley Hospital to be checked over and are now recovering at home.
A 32-year-old man from Barnsley was arrested under suspicion of assaulting an emergency service worker, as well as driving offences.
Acting Chief Superintendent Sarah Poolman said: “Police officers are committed to serving their communities. After putting on their uniform, they then spend their shift protecting the public. However, two officers from our response unit in Barnsley were assaulted.
“We have absolutely zero tolerance for those who choose to be violent towards our officers and we will always take action against those who do so, making sure they are put through the criminal justice system to face the consequences of their actions.
“The officers involved were both visited on Tuesday following the incident and we will provide ongoing assistance to support their recovery.”