A brave police officer was left with a torn nostril and broken nose after she was brutally assaulted by a thug for doing her job.
The PC, who has asked not to be named, was battered in the face by the teenage yob and left needing stitches.
He struck her in the face so hard that he broke her nose and caused a severe gash on her nostril.
The violent assault took place on September 12 in Ashby, Leicestershire, as the hero cop investigated the teenager’s strange behaviour.
She initially told the thug, who was taller and stronger than her, that she was going to search him, Leicestershire Live reported.
The youth was to be handcuffed as the officer had concerns that he would try to flee the scene.
As she placed a handcuff around one of the youth’s wrists, he then used his free hand to punch her on the nose.
The officer, who is in her 20s, said she felt her face being forced to the side and suffering pain she “had never experienced before”.
As she managed to keep hold of the handcuffs she realised that she was bleeding heavily from her nose and mouth.
The thug was arrested and the officer was rushed to Queens Hospital Burton.
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.
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She needed surgery in a bid to repair the damage and had to have six internal stitches and 11 external stitches on her nose.
Three months on and the officer is now awaiting further surgery as she is unable to breathe through her right nostril and has limited breathing through her left nostril. She also has exposed cartilage in her nostrils as a result of the injuries.
She has been working from home and has not been able to go back to her normal duties.
The unnamed officer 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.
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“It does make me angry that I was out doing my job and I have been attacked in this way. It shouldn’t be accepted that I am attacked in my job and left with injuries like this that will be with me for the rest of my life.”
A 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to wounding the police constable.
He will be sentenced on January 11.
Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander for North West Leicestershire, Inspector Rich Jackson said: “This was a horrific assault carried out on an officer who was simply doing her job.
"The attack was carried out by a person who was bigger, taller and stronger meaning that one punch caused horrendous long-term injuries.
“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.”
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