Offenders in England and Wales could face up to two years in prison under new proposals

Maximum jail sentences for violent offences against emergency workers could be doubled to two years in England and Wales, under proposals put forward by ministers.

The proposals, which will be subject to consultation, follow a surge in assaults against NHS workers and police officers during the coronavirus lockdown even as other crime fell. Assaults on emergency workers rose 24% in the four weeks to 7 June, compared with the same period last year, with some frontline workers spat at and attacked as they worked.

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