Yob, 16, who battered police officer in ‘vicious’ attack keeps his freedom

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A 16-year-old boy who assaulted a female police officer, leaving her with horrific facial injuries, has avoided jail.

PC Maddie Hayes required facial surgery and 17 stitches after being punched by the teenage thug as he was being handcuffed during a stop and search on September 12 last year.

The brave officer released shocking injuries showing blood on her face, a deep gash on her nose and bruising to both of her eyes.

She needed three months off work following the vicious assault, still struggles to breathe properly now and is awaiting further surgery.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to a police constable at Leicester Magistrates' Court last month.

But he avoided a spell in youth detention as he was given a 12-month community service order.

The youth, from Swadlincote, Derbys, was also told to pay £600 compensation to PC Hayes, who works for Leicestershire Police.

The court heard the attack took place when PC Hayes tried to restrain the yob, who was considerably bigger than her, during a stop and search in Ashby, Leicestershire.

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She suffered a broken nose, a broken septum, a deep laceration and tear to her nose and significant swelling and bruising.

Three months later she is unable to breathe through her right nostril and has limited breathing through her left nostril due to exposed cartilage.

Speaking previously, PC Hayes said she suffered pain she "had never experienced before".

She said: "It happened so quickly and I didn't know what had hit me. I just felt extreme pain and realised I couldn't see properly either.

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"It does make me angry that I was out doing my job and I have been attacked in this way.

"It shouldn't be accepted that I am attacked in my job and left with injuries like this that will be with me for the rest of my life."

NPA Commander for North West Leicestershire, Inspector Rich Jackson said: "This was a shocking and vicious attack on an officer doing her job to protect others.

"The photographs of our officer's awful injuries chilled all who saw them.

"We acknowledge the court's decision of a community order but we strongly hope the young man, who pleaded guilty, will chose to do more to atone for his crime and start over.

"Attacks on police officers are simply not acceptable. We must protect our protectors."

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