Case study: Surrey - head-butted with force

PC Heather Caruana of Surrey Police feels let down by the courts after a young man who violently attacked her was allowed to walk free.

She went to the aid of a female colleague who was struggling with the offender, who was aged 18. He head-butted PC Caruana above her left eye with great force.

“It felt like I had been whacked with a chair," she said. "My colleague was in tears as he had bent her finger back.”

PC Caruana was unable to see out of one eye for five days and now has a permanent scar. She was awarded just £100 and her colleague received nothing. “The biggest thing for me is that the courts let us down so much,” she said.

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