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Tougher measures for 999 staff attacks debated

Tougher measures for 999 staff attacks debated
From BBC - October 20, 2017

Tougher punishments for attacks on emergency workers are being debated in the House of Commons.

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant's bill would double the maximum sentence for common assault against an emergency worker from six months to a year.

"We have got to stand by them because they stand by us," he said.

Policing Minister Nick Hurd has said the government was "very supportive" of the principles of the bill, which will improve its chances of becoming law.

Mr Bryant had asked his constituents to choose their preferred new law from a list of options after he won a ballot of MPs to introduce a private member's bill.

He said there were thousands of assaults on emergency workers every year and that the number had risen dramatically to about 275 a day.

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