Case study: Warwickshire - 'acid' thrown in face

Warwickshire Assault Sara Skinner

PC Sara Skinner from Warwickshire Police

PC Sara Skinner had ‘acid’ thrown in her face when she tried to stop four burglary suspects.

The attack happened when PC Skinner was patrolling alone on her bicycle in April 2015 in Lillington, Leamington Spa. Having noticed a stolen BMW pull up outside an address which had already been burgled twice that year, PC Skinner then saw three of the car's occupants try to break into the house.

Identifying herself as a police officer, she was instantly attacked by the offenders who pushed her from her bike, kicked her and poured a burning liquid onto her face and into her eyes while she 'played dead' to avoid further injury. PC Skinner managed to call for assistance while lying in the road but when police units arrived, the stolen car sped off over the top of PC Skinner’s bike.

All four suspects were later arrested and subsequently received custodial sentences for offences ranging from conspiracy to commit burglary, assault and kidnap. A forensic scientist identified the liquid poured onto the officer's face as ammonium hydroxide, which causes burns.

PC Skinner, who is still receiving treatment for the injuries she sustained, later received a Chief Constable's Commendation for her actions which directly led to the arrest, charge, conviction and imprisonment of a violent gang of criminals who were committing offences across the Midlands.

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