Case study: Dorset - headbutted by boxer

A Dorset police officer suffered a fractured nose after she was head-butted in the face by a boxer who was wanted for domestic violence.

She caught up with the suspect in a town centre where he appeared to be drunk and possibly under the influence of drugs. Being muscular and skilled in fighting, it took four officers to wrestle him to the ground.

Once he was handcuffed and being patted down, he suddenly lunged forward and head-butted the PC.

She recalls: “I fell to the floor. I was in so much pain and completely out of it. I didn’t know what was going on.”

The officer was left temporarily deaf in one ear but the hospital couldn’t be sure if her nose was broken so she finished her shift. When she started experiencing headaches she realised there had been lasting physical damage.

She had to have an operation on her nose that has left a permanent dent.

The incident also brought on post traumatic stress and she was placed on restricted duties. The officer said: “This has 100% changed me. I accept that as police officers we are at risk of being assaulted, but the lack of support I received after my injuries has shocked me.”

The offender was jailed for three months for GBH. The officer said it was a “good result”. Despite her experiences she plans to stay with the police force.

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