Homerton Hospital: Attack on A&E nurse deemed 'senseless'

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image captionPrince Isaac Walker pleaded guilty to one charge of an assault on an emergency worker

An attack on an A&E nurse in east London was "senseless and horrifying", a government minister has said.

Prince Isaac Walker, 32, assaulted the 36-year-old woman at Homerton Hospital in Clapton on Thursday morning.

Walker, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Minister for Care, Helen Whately, said violence against NHS staff would not be tolerated.

She added she was "horrified to hear" of the "senseless attack".

"Violence against our dedicated NHS staff is utterly abhorrent and will not be tolerated," she said.

"The NHS is working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice and face the full force of the law."

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image captionHelen Whately said NHS staff should not have to face abuse while carrying out their lifesaving work

Between 1 April and 30 September, more than 1,600 coronavirus-related crimes have been recorded, according to the CPS.

It includes police officers being "coughed and spat on" and others being "kicked, bitten and hit with heavy objects", the CPS said.

PC Kyri Soupashis described the assault as a "needlessly vicious attack".

He added: "I hope that the sentence handed down brings the victim a measure of satisfaction and that she is able to recover from what was a very frightening experience.

"There is no justification for assaulting the people who devote their working lives to helping and protecting others, something that Walker will have time to reflect on as he serves his sentence."

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