Sadly, during the coronavirus pandemic, assaults on emergency workers have been increasing, so we welcome Government plans to double the penalty for these assaults.
The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, wrote to fire services on Thursday (19 November) to formally notify them that legislation will be enacted in the near future to increase the maximum penalty from one year to two for minor assaults. More serious assaults already attract sentences under laws relating to crimes such as grievous bodily harm.
Most people respect our employees and support our work to keep our communities safe, but there are some people who actively try to prevent firefighters doing their job or even attack them. We will not tolerate this behaviour and will do all we can to keep our employees safe.