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Man Jailed For Biting Female Police Officer Who Stopped Him Breaking Lockdown Rules

Man Jailed For Biting Female Police Officer Who Stopped Him Breaking Lockdown Rules

The assault took place in Greater Manchester in April

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

A man has been jailed for biting a young female police officer who was trying to stop him from breaking coronavirus lockdown rules.

This bizarre and shocking incident happened in Rochdale on April 9, when a 21-year-old police officer confronted Christopher Hill after reports of a street disturbance.

The 30-year-old assailant, from Rossendale in Lancashire, bit her on the arm as she responded to the call and left a severe bite mark.

He also assaulted another police officer and caused criminal damage to a door.

Hill was found to have been breaking the rules of the coronavirus lockdown at the time by attempting to visit his partner's house near Drake Street.

Greater Manchester Police

When the police officers tried to explain that he was contravening the lockdown measures, he lashed out and left the young officer in need of hospital treatment.

The police officer was later discharged after her wounds were treated and she produced a negative test for coronavirus.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, said: "Words fail me when it comes to some people's behaviour.

"This is shocking at the best of times, but during a coronavirus pandemic this is just the lowest of the low. I trust the CPS & Court will now do what we all expect of them!"

In the end, they did exactly that.

Hill was yesterday jailed for 10 months after he admitted to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm as well as assaulting two police officers - who he also punched as well as bit - in the scuffle that ensued, he also admitted causing criminal damage to a door.

Greater Manchester Police

Judge John Edwards told him in sentencing: "The public call on the police to help them when they are most in need. The police have a duty to protect the public but are too often prevented from doing so by individuals like you who choose to attack them.

"While they anticipate and expect confrontation they do not expect to be bitten to such an extent.

"This was at the very height of the pandemic and the impact on the officers cannot be underestimated, whether you were carrying the virus or not."

The judge also took into account Hill's apology and accepted his remorse for his actions, but said that the severity of the event left him with little recourse other than to hand down a custodial sentence.

Featured Image Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Topics: UK News, Weird