Saffron Walden MP Kemi Badenoch highlights attack on police during House of Commons debate

Kemi Badenoch, Conservative MP for Saffron Walden. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Kemi Badenoch, Conservative MP for Saffron Walden. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

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Saffron Walden constituency MP Kemi Badenoch has praised local police officers during a debate in the House of Commons this week over tougher laws for those who attack emergency services workers.

During her address on the Labour MP-organised debate, Ms Badenoch described an incident involving local police officers.

She said: “Earlier this month, officers in Saffron Walden responded to calls of road workers being threatened with a weapon. They pursued the suspect through difficult terrain.

“The man, heavily under the influence of drink and drugs, was eventually stopped, only to attack officers with a hammer. Officers present sustained injuries and, if not for their training and professionalism, could have been fatally injured.

“I am incredibly proud of Chief Inspector Carrington’s team, who put their own wellbeing at risk to keep us all safe.”

Adding her support to the bill, which calls for any assault on an emergency services worker to be treated as aggravated – attracting a tougher sentence – Ms Badenoch said: “Emergency service workers are our first and last resort. These men and women dedicate their lives to us. They run towards danger as we run away.

“Police officers, in particular, are not typical employees. They accept no employment rights, which means they cannot go on strike. They have to rely on this place to ensure that they are provided with the support they deserve, which is why I support the bill.”

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