Magistrates have been criticised by the North Wales Police Federation after a man who attacked an officer walked free from court.
Charles Lloyd (23) from Llandudno admitted punching at a police officer in the ear during an unprovoked assault outside a takeaway in Bangor city centre last month. He was sentenced to sixty hours of unpaid work.
The court heard staff at Star Kebabs called out police because Lloyd was drunk. He knocked out the officer’s earpiece as he shouted abuse at him.
The officer was not seriously injured and stayed on duty, but the police federation said there was ‘no doubt’ would have an impact.
Sergeant Mark Jones described the attack as ”disugsting, painful and demeaning”. He added: ”Despite reassurances from Government ministers that assaults on police officers are being taken seriously, we have yet again another example of where a police officer, who is victim to a vicious attack, having been let down by the courts with a pitiful sentence.”
”Nobody should go to work to be assaulted but when this does happen we should have confidence in the justice system to send out a strong and unequivocal message that this sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable.”
”Sadly, it seems that there is clear lack of support from some quarters for our brave and dedicated police officers who continue to put their safety at significant risk for the protection of our communities.”