Injured cop talks about drugs raid

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An Ilkeston policeman says he was ‘knocked for six’ by the traumatic aftermath of being bitten by a drug dealer during a raid.

The officer has asked to remain anonymous but has given an exclusive interview to the ‘Tiser after his attacker was imprisoned for more than five years.

The PC had to undergo a series of blood tests and had to wait three months to make sure he hadn’t contracted hepatitis C.

As a result, he and his wife were also forced to stop trying for a baby.

“I can put up with this kind of thing myself,” said the officer. “But my wife was asking why I was getting myself into these situations.”

Daniel Smith was jailed for four years and eight months for possession of heroin with intent to supply — and an extra year for assaulting the PC.

The officer was bitten as he tried to wrestle a suspected drugs package from Smith, 44, during a raid at his home on Milton Street, Ilkeston, onJuly 5 last year.

Smith was sentenced on Valentine’s Day at Derby Crown Court, alongside his partner, Dawn Inger, 41, who was jailed for two years and four months for possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. Both had pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.

Speaking to the ‘Tiser, the officer said: “Smith got a Kinder Egg (filled with drugs) out of his pocket which he was trying to put in his mouth.

“I managed to stop him so he bit me to make me let go of him. In the end I let go because it was starting to hurt.

“At which point he popped it in his mouth but he realised by biting on it he was swallowing shards and his mouth started to bleed so he spat it out.”

The Ilkeston cop said if Smith had been successful in swallowing the six wraps of heroin inside the egg, not only would it have been difficult to secure a conviction but the dealer would have needed emergency treatment for a potential drugs overdose.

“If something happens it’s our job and we would be scrutinised – I have a duty of care in this situation.

“I guess when you look at the consequences for Smith, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the bite.”

The 38-year-old officer went to hospital after the attack and was given booster shots.

But he was told a sample of blood from Smith would need to be checked.

The PC said: “It knocked me for six because he had to be asked to give another blood sample, which luckily he agreed to.

“The results showed he didn’t have HIV but did have hepatitis C, so I had to wait three months to see if I had it.”

The father-of-one said the events and their aftermath had affected him quite badly.

He added: “The worst part was telling my wife that we could not keep trying for another baby and we would have to wait and see.”

But the fair-minded policeman isn’t one to hold a grudge, and added: “While what he did was unpleasant he put his hands up to it and gave me the blood sample — he didn’t have to do that.”

Ilkeston’s police chief, Insp Nick Daines, said: “This demonstrates once again that police officers are prepared to put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect the community from the scourge of drugs.

“I am extremely pleased that the judge not only sentenced Smith to a significant term in relation to the drug offence but has also recognised the impact that his assault has caused the officer.

“This should send out a strong signal, not only that drug dealing will not be tolerated but that the courts will respond to those who offer police officers violence.”