A teenager has been charged after a police officer was left needing plastic surgery when a kettle of boiling water was thrown over him.
Two officers were injured when water was thrown at them at a house in Abington, Northampton, shortly before midnight on Saturday.
One suffered second degree burns to the left side of his body and will need plastic surgery, while his colleague received minor burns to one of his hands. Both were treated at Northampton General Hospital.
A 15-year-old girl was arrested at the scene and later charged with GBH and assaulting an emergency worker.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley said: ‘This was an appalling attack on two officers who had been called to deal with an extremely vulnerable young person.
‘The actions of other officers at the scene were exceptional, in particular one colleague whose rapid response in the immediate aftermath of the attack prevented these very serious injuries being even worse.’
Mr Adderley continued: ‘Once again, incidents such as these demonstrate the really challenging situations which our officers are left to confront on a daily basis.
‘I wish both officers a speedy recovery after what was an extremely traumatic incident.’
Sam Dobbs, chairman of the Northamptonshire Police Federation, added: ‘This was an officer with just over two years’ service who went to a normal incident and sustained quite horrific injuries.
‘While he comes to terms with his burns, we think also of the other officers who attended the scene and, using their excellent first-aid training, looked after the officer while arresting the suspect.
‘This is yet another example of the dangers officers run into and their stoicism of which we are all proud.’
The girl appeared before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday and was released on conditional bail to next appear at Wellingborough Youth Court on November 17, police said.
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