Portsmouth News report:

FIFTEEN police officers a week in our area are assaulted in the line of duty, The News can reveal.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, is calling on the public to ‘play their part’ and for the courts to deal with attacks on officers ‘robustly.’

His appeal comes as figures in a Freedom of Information request obtained by The News show 2,895 officers were attacked in the line of duty in Hampshire in the past three financial years to April 2013.

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