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Police union's outrage after officer badly bitten during attack by drunken woman

An assault that saw a PSNI officer being bitten by a drunken woman has been slammed as
An assault that saw a PSNI officer being bitten by a drunken woman has been slammed as "unacceptable"
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

An assault that saw a PSNI officer being bitten by a drunken woman has been slammed as "unacceptable".

The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday at Rainey Street in Magherafelt when officers were flagged down by a taxi driver.

A post on the PSNI Magherafelt Facebook page said the cabbie had asked the patrol to help because his passenger was "very drunk" and did not know where she lived.

"Next thing we know, we're getting met with an onslaught of obscenities as the taxi door is kicked open and the previously sleeping passenger is now anything but," the post said.

Three officers were injured, with one hospitalised after being "severely bitten".

The post described it as "disgusting and unacceptable behaviour".

It said that the injured officer now faced an "agonising" wait for blood tests to see if they had been infected with a virus.

The suspect is due to appear in court charged with a range of offences.

Mark Lindsay, chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, said the attack was vicious and unprovoked, especially as the officers had only stopped to offer their assistance.

"The sad reality of this appalling and unacceptable act is that it is not an uncommon occurrence," he added.

"It happens all too frequently when officers are out working to safeguard and help people."

He called for the maximum sentences to be handed down to those found guilty of such attacks on police.

"These assaults, where officers are left injured and traumatised, are commonplace in our towns and cities." he added.

"It's time society said they will no longer be tolerated."

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