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Face visors to be used by custody's suite staff following generous donation

May 10, 2020
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An officer who was spat on while on duty has been working with generous members of the public to prevent it from happening again.

A member of the public has spent hours making 200 visors at his home and donated them to be used by staff at Nottinghamshire Police's custody suites.

Each visor can take over an hour to make and on some occasions the 3D printer has been on for 24-hours to meet demand.

The visors arrived at Bridewell Custody Suite on Wednesday from Home Printer Paul Mosley from Warsop Vale in Nottinghamshire, who worked with a team of like-minded individuals in the area.

The masks are being used to keep custody officers and staff safe after a large number of incidents of incidents which saw key workers being coughed on or spat at since the Coronavirus lockdown.

The force has worked with local partners to create a video, which asks that people treat key workers with respect following a spate of over 60 incidents where key workers have been coughed on or spat at while they were working hard to protect the public as part of the nationwide response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The video is available to view below.

Inspector David Wilkes said: "We'd like to thank Mr Mosley who made this incredible gesture and has spent hours to ensure they have been made.

"There is a fantastic community spirit in and around Nottinghamshire at the moment and we are delighted to receive the donation. 

"The visors are re-usable, so will be marked-up with individuals’ names and will be given to officers and staff in our custody suites in Mansfield and the Bridewell.

"The print time can differ for a variety of reasons, but usually takes between an hour to 90-minutes for one mask to be made. On some occasions the printer has been on for 24 hours straight!"

"The masks are perfect for custody staff who work in a high risk environment. The masks were also more comfortable than others we have had received from suppliers."

Police Constable Anthony Brice has organised the donations, working closely with Mr Mosley.

PC Brice recently spoke out of his ordeal after he was spat at whilst attending a domestic incident last month. He is happy that the masks are being used which will mean people won't suffer as he did.

He added: "This is a really positive move and I'd like to thank everyone for donating them. I don't want anyone to have to go through what I did.

"I would hope for this never to happen to anyone else. No one should have to put up with this sort of behaviour in the job that they do.

"Paul has been making the masks for all the local GP surgeries, and being part of the community group I got wind of the masks.

"I looked at the product Paul made and was really surprised at the quality and also the fact that they are reusable.

"Paul knew I was a police officer and kindly offered to make these masks for us. I was amazed by his generosity and genuine care he showed for the police and extended police families safety.

"I'd like to thank everyone in Warsop who has helped printing the masks. I'd like to especially thank everyone who has helped to make this happen."

The visors arrived at the Bridewell Custody Suite earlier this week and have already been put to use by the officers and staff working there, who have began using them immediately.

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