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'Get tough on police attackers'.

HARSHER prison sentences should be brought in for people who attack police officers, Merseyside's Police Federation chief has said.

Peter Singleton, the chairman of the Federation which represents rank-and-file officers, spoke out after an officer was repeatedly stabbed in Huyton, while trying to detain a rape suspect.

Mr Singleton said: "We need harsher sentences so people think twice about injuring police officers.

"The individual today had no issues with stabbing a police officer several times in order to get away.

"Police officers are just ordinary men and women who do an extraordinary job."

Peter Singleton " Mr Singleton also called formore protection for officers on the frontline.

He said: "The public appreciates what the police on Merseyside do for them.

"They appreciate that they put themselves in harm's way and protect our communities.

"We need a bit of a change in the criminal justice system.

"The officers protect the public, and they expect protection by the law.

"The justice system should impose tougher sentences on those who injure police officers.

"Police officers run towards danger when everyone else runs away from it."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2016
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