Two Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) who were assaulted in Bangor on Friday night, were amongst nine police officers assaulted across North Wales over the weekend.
The PCSO’s were attempting to arrest a man in Bangor, who was wanted on warrant, when they were assaulted; members of the public intervened to assist the officers during the incident. One of the officers received treatment for minor injuries at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
A police spokesperson said: “A big thank you to the wonderful members of the public who went to their assistance, no doubt that the injuries sustained would have been worse without their help.”
Meanwhile an officer was assaulted in Llandudno and another in Prestatyn while two more were assaulted in Rhyl when dealing with a person arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
An officer was assaulted while making an arrest in Deiniolen on Saturday afternoon, but did not need medical treatment and remained on duty.
In Wrexham a police officer was assaulted at the Wrexham v Newport County match on Saturday and a Wrexham PCSO was also assaulted over the weekend.
The offenders have been charged using the new “protect the protectors” law introduced in November which allows courts to impose stronger sentences on those who assault members of the emergency services.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Neill Anderson said; “A number of times this year we have expressed our concern about the readiness of some individuals to assault police officers and PCSO’s while carrying out their lawful duties.
“The shocking incidents over the weekend across North Wales are completely unacceptable. Our officers are working hard to protect the most vulnerable and to keep people safe. An assault of any kind should never be considered “part of the job” and offenders need to understand that North Wales Police will not tolerate such behaviour.
“Officers are well trained and equipped and we seek to ensure that welfare arrangements are available when they become victims of an assault. These attacks leave their mark physically and mentally on the officers and in some cases their families.
“Fortunately no one was seriously injured this weekend and as seasonal celebrations get underway the public will see officers out and about endeavouring to keep our communities safe.
“We want people to enjoy themselves, but we will not tolerate any violence towards officers doing their duty and we will take firm action against offenders.”