16th Dec, 2019

Redditch bobby to feature on BBC documentary after being assaulted in Bromsgrove

Ross Crawford 10th Jun, 2019

A REDDITCH beat bobby is to feature ‘Critical Incident’, a new 10-part documentary series for the BBC about assaults on emergency service workers.

PC Lloyd Stone, a West Mercia officer with more than 10 years’ experience, was assaulted on duty in Bromsgrove in August 2018. The assault left Lloyd with leg injury and required several months off work.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said: “What happened to Lloyd is sadly another example of how our officers who come to work every day to serve their local communities put others before themselves.

“Lloyd, like all West Mercia Police officers, goes into situations with the view that public safety comes first.

“However, with this professional and compassionate attitude does come some risk.

“The effect of assaults on police officers and staff doesn’t just mean they are physically hurt and maybe unable to work, but the injury effects home and family life too and can have an impact on their mental health.

“I would like to add how proud I am of Lloyd and every single officer who puts on their uniform to serve the public and protect them from harm.

“Their courage and bravery are never forgotten.”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “I continue to campaign for people to see Behind the Badge to understand that police officers, staff and other emergency workers are human.

“While the Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill was a landmark step in this campaign, there is always more we can do.

“I’m grateful to PC Lloyd Stone for his bravery in telling his story and to the BBC for highlighting, the impact that these assaults can have, not just on the person injured but on their loved ones and colleagues.”

The man who assaulted PC Stone was convicted of Actual Bodily Harm and assaulting a police officer. In October 2018, he was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £435 in costs and compensation.

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