Man charged after police officer seriously injured in assault

A man has appeared in court charged with assault after a police officer in Yorkshire was left with a serious injury to his eye.

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Craig Male was charged with harrassment, assault and section 18 assault on an emergency services worker following the incident in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, on Thursday.

The police officer suffered a "serious injury" to his eye, Humberside Police said.

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Fortunately, his injuries are not life-changing.

Male, 47, of Trentham Drive, appeared at Hull Magistrates Court on Saturday morning and is scheduled to appear at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday, March 31.

A total of 210 assaults on officers were recorded by West Yorkshire Police alone in January this year.

South Yorkshire Police Federation chairman Steve Kent said officers were assaulted 'pretty much everyday' last year.

Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman said: “Assaults on any emergency worker are completely and utterly unacceptable and I will continue to raise this issue as I will never accept it as a normal part of the job.

“Police officers are there to protect the public and while they will always run towards danger as part of their duty and service to keep people safe, they should not have to endure or experience any form of violence against them whilst just doing their job.”