WATCH: Bodycam footage shows violent attack on Wolverhampton Pc

By Richard Guttridge | Bilston | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

The shocking video shows the moment Pc Emma Agyei had hair ripped from her scalp during a violent assault.

Pc Emma Agyei and her missing hair after the attack

A Chief Constable has demanded tougher sentences for people who assault police after a female officer was badly hurt in an attack in the Black Country.

Pc Emma Agyei's hair was ripped from her scalp as her head was smashed against the ground after a thug pushed her to the ground and climbed on top of her.

She was responding to a domestic violence call in Chapel Street, Bilston, when, after arresting a man who was aggressive towards officers, his son launched a ferocious attack on her.

Pc Agyei said it was the first time in 16 years on the job she had felt in danger and said she did not know how badly hurt she was going to be as the we was being attacked.

Colleagues eventually managed to arrest the 23-year-old but police chiefs were left frustrated as he walked free from court with a 12-week suspended jail sentence following the attack in May last year.

WATCH the bodycam video here:

WATCH: Body-cam footage of West Midlands Police officer assaulted

Now Chief Constable Dave Thompson, the West Midlands' most senior officer, has intervened to call for longer sentences for attacks on police.


Dramatic video footage of the attack on Pc Agyei has been released by the force, in which her chilling screams can be heard as the thug, who has not been named, holds her down.

Recalling the attack, Pc Agyei, aged 42, said: "He went up to my colleagues with his fists drawn saying 'I want to see my dad'.

"I pushed him away and then he started to attack me, punch me and push me.

"I tried to defend myself but I ended up on the floor with him on top of me, pulling my head by the hair.


"I was fearful of what was going to happen and how badly I was going to be injured.

"It was the first serious incident for me. I like talking to people but unfortunately there was no talking to this guy."

WATCH Pc Agyei describe the attack:

PC Emma Agyei talks about being assaulted

Two officers or police staff report being assaulted or racially or verbally abused every day in the West Midlands.

Between April and December 2017, 669 assaults on West Midlands officers and staff were recorded. As a result, almost a year - 356 days - of service was lost as the brave bobbies recovered from their injuries with a cost equivalent to around £65,000 in sick pay.

Ch Cons Thompson has vowed to provide a personal statement to the court for every officer assault case in the hope of persuading decision-makers to take stronger action.

Pc Agyei and Chief Constable Thompson

West Midlands Police has released footage of the attack on Pc Agyei and the Chief Constable insisted it was up to the courts to do more.

He said: “Our officers will always do the right thing and routinely put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public, but we need to bring to justice criminals who think that it is okay to abuse and hit out.

“Time off recovering from a senseless attack is time taken away from the very communities that need them policing their streets and protecting them."

WATCH: Chief Constable Thompson on sentencing

Chief Constable Dave Thompson speaks about officers being assaulted

He added: "We did see some nasty assaults over the Christmas period. There is an element of rough and tumble in policing but to be physically attacked is not part of policing.

"Sentencing decisions are always difficult but looking at Emma's case I don't think any member of the public would think it is acceptable after her hair and scalp was pulled out.

"I want to make sure magistrates and judges have the full picture.

"Police officers and PCSOs go into communities to protect the public. It is quite reasonable for them to expect we are ensuring we protect them.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “I am pleased that the Chief Constable is getting tough on these unacceptable crimes.

"The police protect the public, it is therefore important we protect our officers, PCSOs and staff too.

"Officers and staff should not have to put up with violence and assaults while keeping the public safe.

"West Midlands Police takes assaults against its staff and officers incredibly seriously. The force will do all in its power to bring those who commit such crimes to justice."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Deputy Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Deputy Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.


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