Priti Patel vows to clampdown on thugs who assault police in a violent crime blitz to be unveiled in the Queen’s Speech

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THUGS who assault police will get tougher sentences in a ­violent crime blitz unveiled in the Queen’s Speech.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will put safeguarding officers at the heart of a law and order crackdown with a Police Protection Bill.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will put safeguarding officers at the heart of a law and order crackdown with a Police Protection Bill[/caption]

It will ensure officers who put their lives on the line have the resources and equipment they need — and the support of the criminal justice system.

Serious assaults on emergency service workers, including police, will be punished by up to two years in jail — double the current maximum.

Ms Patel faced resistance from Justice Secretary Robert Buckland but a source revealed: “It’s going to happen.”

Barely one in four of those convicted of attacking police has been jailed since the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act was introduced in November.

It doubled the maximum sentence from six to 12 months but so far the average term handed out is just eight weeks.

A government source said: “We are going to toughen up the system.

“A civilised society de­pends on support for the police. We are going to give our law enforcers the equipment they need.”

Police were victims of 30,977 assaults last year, 10,399 of which caused injury — up 32 per cent from 7,903 in 2015/16.

The police protection laws are among 22 new Bills to be announced in the Queen’s Speech.

Boris Johnson said people want the Government to first sort out Brexit — then sort out Britain.

He added: They want their NHS to be stronger, their streets safer, their wifi faster, the air they breathe cleaner, their kids’ schools better-funded – and this optimistic and ambitious Queen’s Speech sets us on a course to make all that happen, and more.”

The Queen will deliver her speech on Monday 14 October[/caption]




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