In September 2014 PC Alice Nicholas and one of her Devon and Cornwall police colleagues responded to a call in St Austell where they were met by a man who proceeded to chase the two officers with a machete, threatening to cut their throats. He eventually put the machete down and was arrested without inflicting any injuries with the weapon. After pleading guilty he was given a suspended sentence of eight months in prison, suspended for two years.
In response PC Nicholas has begun a campaign calling for mandatory prison sentences for people who assault officers and more than 18,000 people have signed her online petition, meaning it will now be considered by the government.
There are two reasons why I hope she does not succeed in her campaign.