A teenage thug who beat up a cop – leaving her with a savage nose wound – has avoided being locked up.
The 16-year-old lout left Pc Maddie Hayes with blood pouring from the injury and unable to breathe properly more than three months later.
But he was ordered to pay the Leicestershire Police officer just £600 in compensation and was handed a 12-month community service order.
The sentence sparked fury among union officials representing rank-and-file officers.
Leicestershire Police Federation branch chairman Adam Commons tweeted: “Quite frankly I’m disgusted with this result, words can’t express what I’m thinking. @leicspolice and @CCLeicsPolice have done an outstanding job of supporting Pc Hayes, we now need to let her rest and recover.”
Pc Hayes, who is in her 20s, was hit in the nose after she tried to restrain the boy, from Swadlincote, during a stop and search in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on September 12.
He cannot be named for legal reasons.
Her force released shocking pictures of the officer with blood on her face and a deep gash on her nose after the teenage admitted a charge of wounding at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Janaury 11.
Pc Hayes is awaiting surgery as the injuries have left her struggling to breathe properly through her nose.
NPA Commander for North West Leicestershire, Insp 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.
“Full support has been and remains in place for the pfficer who has bravely shared her story to raise awareness of an issue which needs to be stopped.
“It is not acceptable for anyone to be attacked and assaulted in their job and we will not tolerate this happening to our officers. Action will be taken and we will ensure anyone who commits this offence is brought before the courts.”
After the attack, Pc Hayes described her face being forced to the side and suffering pain she had “never experienced before”.
She added: “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.”
She was rushed to Queens Hospital in Burton upon Trent where it was found she had suffered a broken nose, a broken septum, a deep laceration and tear to the left side of her nose and nostril, significant swelling and bruising.
She underwent surgery in an attempt to repair her damaged nose and had six internal stitches and 11 external stitches.
She said: “I do hope to be able to be back out at some point working operationally but at the moment it is a case of seeing how things are and seeing how I feel.”