In the last four years the number of attacks on police officers in Bradford has fallen by half, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

In 2007 there were 158 attacks and last year there were only 50, the force are claiming the number of officers with tasers may be the reason to why the number has halved.

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus report:

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show there were 313 attacks on officers by members of the public across the West Yorkshire area last year, with 174 injured during minor or violent struggles. The statistics, from officer ‘injury on duty’ forms, also show 70 officers were hurt as a suspect resisted arrest, 26 were struck by an object and 11 were bitten.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.