ASSAULTS on police almost doubled in Wrexham last year and are at their highest level in three years.
A Freedom of Information request by the Leader revealed there were 39 incidents of assault against police officers last year, almost double the number of assaults against police in 2012.
In 2013 there were 27 assaults on constables in the execution of their duty and 11 assaults of actual bodily harm.
Figures for 2012 show there were 18 assaults against a constable in the execution of their duty and three assaults of actual bodily harm.
The amount of assaults against police are therefore at their highest point in three years, with 37 assaults recorded in 2011.
In 2014 there were three incidents recorded up to February 7. On February 6 a police officer was stabbed by a drug addict with a used needle in a shocking attack as he attempted to restrain him.
The attack saw PC Luke Evans stabbed in the public toilets near Waterworld in Wrexham town centre and described as “nasty and serious” by Wrexham town centre’s police inspector Paul Wycherley.
PC Evans is still waiting to see if he has contracted anything from the needle.
James Anthony Hewitt, 43, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at Wrexham Magistrates Court and was sentenced to six months in prison.
Insp Wycherley said police and courts take assaults very seriously.
He said: “All assaults against my staff are taken very seriously and what we have seen is the courts taking a similarly dim view on this type of incident.
“Incidents, like the one in February, have been dealt with swiftly and proportionately by the courts.
“All our officers are provided self defence training and state of the art equipment and vests to ensure they can keep Wrexham a safe place in what is a dangerous job.”
Insp Wycherley said in the last year there were more than 5,000 people in Wrexham in custody and the number of assaults against police officers were relatively small in comparison.
But he said that did not make these incidents any less serious and offenders would be dealt with.