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Assaults on police up by 21% during lockdown

Police forces across the UK have recorded a 21% increase in assaults on officers over the lockdown period. Figures gathered by the PA news agency from 31 forces show that 7,863 assaults were recorded over the first three months of lockdown, compared with 6,505 for the same period in 2019. This does not include data from 12 forces which did not provide statistics. Leicestershire Police recorded the most substantial increase of 102%, with 205 cases in the first three months of lockdown, up from 101 the previous year. Chief Constable Simon Cole said a "particularly distasteful trend" of offenders spitting and coughing on officers and threatening to infect them with coronavirus has also developed countrywide.

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