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Offences – assault; emergency workers

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 follows the increasing number of assaults on emergency workers in the UK. 

The Act impacts all offences from its commencement date of 13 November 2018 and introduces an aggravated form of common assault or battery when committed against an emergency worker acting in the exercise of their functions as such a worker.

Notably, the Act applies even where the emergency worker is not officially at work – but is carrying out their functions as an emergency worker. The offence is triable either way, with a prison term of up to 12 months’ imprisonment on indictment or in the Magistrates’ Court.

The Act also makes other more serious offences under the OAPA against an emergency worker an aggravating factor in sentencing them. Guidance on the Act has also been issued. Source: www.gov.uk.

 

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