Two police officers injured, one needing surgery after boiling water poured over them during shocking Northampton incident

A 15-year-old girl was arrested at the scene

By Carly Odell
Monday, 9th November 2020, 5:05 pm
Updated Monday, 9th November 2020, 5:07 pm
Two officers were injured in the line of duty.
Two officers were injured in the line of duty.

Two police officers have been injured during an incident that saw a kettle of boiling hot water poured over them.

The pair were responding to call-out at an Abington address just before midnight on Saturday (November 7).

One officer suffered second degree burns, which means he will require plastic surgery. His colleague received minor injuries to his hands. Both were taken to Northampton General Hospital.

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A 15-year-old girl was arrested at the scene and charged with grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.

Chief Constable Nick Adderley has now paid tribute to two police officers who were injured attending the incident.

He 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.”

Sam Dobbs, chair of the Northamptonshire Police Federation, added: “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.”

The teenager appeared before Magistrates today (November 9) and was released on unconditional bail to appear before Wellingborough Youth Court on November 17.

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