Teenage girl charged with boiling water attack on police officer

After an officer was left needing plastic surgery for burns from a kettle of boiling water, a 15-year-old girl has been charged with the attack.

After being called to an address in Abington, Northamptonshire at around midnight on Saturday the officer, along with a colleague, were both subject to the attack and subsequently taken to hospital.

Whilst the officer that was badly burnt will need plastic surgery after suffering second degree burns to the left side of his body, his colleague was treated for minor burns to his hand.

A 15-year-old girls arrested at the scene has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker and GBH.

She has already appeared in court and was released on bail until 17th November.

Nick Adderly, Chief Constable, said “This was an appalling attack on two officers who had been called to deal with an extremely vulnerable young person. The actions of other officers at the scene were exceptional, in particular one colleague whose rapid response in the immediate aftermath of the attack prevented these very serious injuries being even worse. Once again, incidents such as these demonstrate the really challenging situations which our officers are left to confront on a daily basis. I wish both officers a speedy recovery after what was an extremely traumatic incident.”

The chairman of the Northamptonshire Police Federation, Sam Dobbs, said “This was an officer with just over two years’ service who went to a normal incident and sustained quite horrific injuries. While he comes to terms with his burns, we think also of the other officers who attended the scene and, using their excellent first-aid training, looked after the officer while arresting the suspect. This is yet another example of the dangers officers run into and their stoicism of which we are all proud.” Priti Patel, Home Secretary, said of the incident that it was “a disgusting attack on two of our incredible police officers” and that she “struggles to comprehend how anyone could commit such an act,” she said. “My thoughts are with these brave officers during this difficult time.”

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