Assaults on police in England and Wales rise above 100 a day during pandemic
Officer morale sinks in the 43 forces as attacks rise by 20% during the Covid crisis
A major increase in attacks on police has been recorded during the pandemic, according to official figures revealing that there were more than 100 assaults on officers in England and Wales every day.
With senior police figures warning that officers have faced deliberate spitting and coughing since the start of the crisis, it has emerged that there were 36,969 assaults on police in the year that followed the outbreak in March 2020. It represented a 20% rise on the previous year