Footage released of attacker ripping out policewoman's hair

Ajay Nair, News Reporter

Footage has been released of the moment a policewoman had a large chunk of her hair pulled out in a violent confrontation.

The disturbing scene was captured by PC Emma Agyei's body cam following the attack in Chapel Street, Bradley, to highlight the abuse suffered by officers.

Police had gone to the scene after being alerted to a domestic incident.

In the clip released by the West Midlands force, the policewoman is forced to the ground by a 24-year-old man, who beats her and then rips out a large chunk of her hair.

The attacker pleaded guilty to assault and was handed a 12-week suspended sentence over the violent attack.

Reliving her ordeal, PC Agyei said: "We ended up on the floor together where he's grabbed me by the back of my head and smashed my head on the road a couple of times.

"He's wrenched my hair out and he held me by the throat.

"I was there for literally seconds but it felt like a long time until one of my colleagues was able to pull him off me."

She said she was in "complete shock" during the attack. "I was thinking 'I can't believe this is happening'," she said. "I couldn't say much afterwards."

The force said it recorded 669 assaults on its officers between April and December last year and said the problem was "growing".

Chief Constable Dave Thompson said he was taking steps to highlight the impact of assault and abuse on officers following the incident in May last year.

He said: "Our officers will always do the right thing and routinely put themselves in harm's way to protect the public.

"But we need to bring to justice criminals who think that it is okay to abuse and hit out."