A police officer has revealed his shocking injuries after he was bitten by a man infected with hepatitis C.
PC Morgan Taylor, who works in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, had to be given a tetanus shot and has been prescribed a three-week course of antibiotics.
And the effects of the bite are set to last for some time, with PC Taylor saying he will not receive the all clear for three months.
PC Taylor was making an arrest on Monday night when the man sank his teeth into the officer’s hand.
Posting a photo of his injuries on Twitter, he wrote: ‘Got bitten last night. Only a minor injury, but still painful.
‘The man who bit me has hep C, so need a course of hepatitis shots over the next 3 months before I get the all clear. Feels ages away.’
The man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The incident comes as West Yorkshire Police revealed that officers were attacked 55 times in the week of the August Bank Holiday.
The force said 21 officers were kicked, seven were spat at and 10 were punched.
Craig Grandison, vice-chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: ‘Yet again the numbers evidence the dangerous job that officers do, on a day to day basis within West Yorkshire.
‘It seems that whenever we approach holiday periods, we see an increase.
‘This is a sad reflection on modern society and the lack of respect towards law and order.
‘Again the police and other emergency services are sociey’s punch bag, with little support from Government.
‘It is clear to me that greater public debate is needed, into how violence within society and how it should be combated.’