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BBC1 programme to feature West Mercia Police officers

'Critical Incident', a new 10-part documentary series for the BBC about assaults on emergency service workers will feature staff from across the public sector including officers from West Mercia Police.

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 an injury to his leg 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, go into situations with the view that public safety comes first. However, with this professional and compassionate attitude does come some risk. When this happens West Mercia Police seek to provide continuous welfare support and consider the officer's health and wellbeing as our priority.

"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.

"Physical injury can often heal faster than the emotional and mental effect of being assaulted or injured on duty, often on numerous occasions, and we absolutely recognise that officers and staff need time to heal and the support of their police family to do so. All officers and staff know that West Mercia Police consider their safety a top priority and we will support them and help them to return to work healthier and fitter; it is the least we can do.

"Our 7 point plan exists to support police officers and staff who are assaulted in the course of their duty and all offficers or staff assaulted will always be treated as victims. They will be given the same support any other victim of crime receives and to the same standard.

"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. Whilst 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.

The programme featuring PC LLoyd Stone and his colleagues will air on Thursday 13 June at 9.15am

Issued by Alex Gale, Communications Officer at 12.30pm on Monday 10 June 2019


Published 10/06/19