| Last updated
A police officer was spat at 24 times by a man after helping him into an ambulance.
Bodycam footage shared by Suffolk Police shows the man lying on a bed with a paramedic of East Midlands Ambulance Service sat behind him.
In the clip, the man is then seen spitting at the officer in front of him. But despite the cop's please with him to stop, he continues gobbing at her, laughing as he does so.
Sharing the footage on Twitter, the Suffolk Police Federation said: "Abhorrent assault on an officer just doing her job."
Tony Wetton, the new chairman of Derbyshire Police Federation, described the ordeal as 'horrific'.
He told the Daily Mail: "This is a case where there is a young female officer in the first year on the job in the back of an ambulance where she has arrested a young bloke.
"He was in handcuffs in an ambulance and they were taking him to hospital.
"The body warn footage has caught it - he has spat at her 24 times, including repeatedly at her face in the course of their journey.
"It really struck a cord with police officers in this county and also across the UK. To me, spitting is the most vile thing you can do to anybody, including police officers.
"As a police officer I would rather be punched in the face or kicked than spat at. It's terrible behaviour. The officer would have had to have been tested for a host of different things.
"It shows the sort of things police officers are up against and the risks they face. That testing period would be a difficult time for any member of the public and that includes police officers."
Mr Wetton has urged officers to come forward if they suffer abuse such as this.
He said: "There is a huge problem of police officers being assaulted but the true numbers are never recorded because they're not all reported by the officer. One thing I want to do as chairman is encourage the reporting of assaults and these types of incidents so the true figure can be reflected.
"It's not acceptable so I really wish we could get more reports. That way we can then make the case and show that more needs to be done to tackle this."
Adding: "It's absolutely wrong and totally unacceptable for a police officer to have to endure that scenario.
"The worry that being spat or bitten can have is massive. It can lead to difficulties in relationships and families and create a lot of anxiety."
Last year, man was jailed after coughing in the face of a paramedic, telling them he had coronavirus.
Jonathan Brunsdon, 43, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for the offence.
Featured Image Credit: Suffolk Police Federation
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read