It has been reported that a man who left a police officer in Lincolnshire covered in blood after a violent attack has been given a suspended sentence and a fine, and a number of people have commented to say that the sentence wasn’t harsh enough.
According to a report in the Lincolnshire Reporter:
A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Lincolnshire Police officer who was dealing with a domestic assault in Spalding.
Stewart Budworth, 44 of Willesby Road, Spalding, admitted assaulting a police officer at an address in the town on August 8.
The injured officer suffered a broken tooth and injured nose in the attack.
Budworth was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on November 6.
He was also ordered to pay £1,000 towards dental repairs.
When a police officer is hurt in this way while trying to carry out his or her duty to protect the public, it is simply unacceptable.
However, for a long time there have been growing concerns that the police are being let down by the courts when it comes to sentencing – not only when it comes to general police investigations but also for times when officers of the law have been attacked.
Many will argue that a suspended sentence is a valid deterrent, but the reality is that many criminals will see it as ‘getting away with it’ and it is worth remembering that a suspended sentence will always have a time limit attached to it.
Police request media to ‘rein back’ from reporting on Islamic terrorist attacks
UK police have requested that media outlets ‘rein back’ their coverage of Islamic extremist attacks as it could be ‘helping them’.
Mark Rowley, the assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, told a gathering of the Society of Editors he said editors tread a “fine line”, adding: “I do think there are some ways that you can rein back what you do.
“There is a fine balance. If [Islamic State] are looking to influence, you have to ask, are you helping them to influence.”
I promise our readers that we will not be reining back from reporting these barbaric acts.
The population needs to be aware of what the risk is and what these people are doing. The second we stop reporting on it is the second it becomes normality.
It is not normal to go to a pop concert and get blown up, nor is it normal to walk along a bridge in London and get ploughed down with a truck.
We will always report these attacks.
“You need to think about how you [report terror] without helping the cause of those doing it,” he continued, The Times reports.
“You don’t need to be copying that material out, that’s not necessary. You can report the generalities, you don’t need to help them and do their work.”
Cressida Dick, the London Metropolitan force’s commissioner and Britain’s most senior police officer, appeared to agree and also called for restricted coverage of terrorist attacks.
“You must inform but not glorify and provide the platform this evil craves,” she said.
“You must investigate but not in a dangerous way which disrupts the extensive efforts of the police and security services.
“You must comment but not in a way that creates excessive fear and multiplies the terror.”
Image: Spalding Police