Woman charged over attack on police and medics at Northampton General Hospital

Assaults on emergency workers have risen alarmingly during Covid-19 pandemic

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 9:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 9:30 am

A woman is due to appear in court later this month to face allegations of assaults on police and medical staff at Northampton General Hospital.

Officers reported three of them were allegedly kicked and slapped and one paramedic kicked during the attack in the early-hours of Saturday at Northampton General Hospital.

Tracey Roberts, 52, from Rushden is due to appear at Northampton Magistrates' Court on March 19 to face charges of assaulting emergency workers.

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Northamptonshire Police say three officers and a paramedic were attacked in the early hours of Saturday

Attacks against police officers in Northamptonshire increased to 507 between February and November last year, up from 440 in the same period in 2019.

Just last month, officers Tasered a thug as he attempted to strangle a PC during an incident in Corby — a move which Chief Constable Nick Adderley believed saved the cop's life.

And in early-November two officers were burned after having boiling water thrown at them by a 15-year-old girl after answering a 999 call in Abington.

One officer needed plastic surgery after suffering second degree burns while a colleague received minor injuries to his hands.

Even coronavirus has been used as a weapon by thugs taking on the police with 131 attacks on police involving coughing, spitting or biting between February to November 2020.

In September, the government announced plans to double the maximum jail term for criminals who assault emergency workers to two years.

Firefighters, prison officers and NHS staff are also classed as emergency workers.

An astonishing report last year revealed a shocking catalogue of violence against Northamptonshire's ambulance workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

East Midlands Ambulance Service recorded 208 physical attacks and 297 verbal abuse incidents on staff between January and July, 2020.

Of those, 19 were sexual assaults and 37 involved weapons — including firearms, knives, razor blades and scissors.