A 27-YEAR-OLD man who had to be restrained with a Taser after biting a policeman on the leg has been jailed.

Daniel Hilton, of Hawthorne Grove, Leigh was jailed on Tuesday (November 27) for three months at Manchester Magistrates’ Court after becoming the first to be convicted under new legislation.

On Saturday (November 24), the police officer, a man in his 30s, was called to a Leigh address shortly after midday in response to reports of a man with a knife.

During the incident, Hilton wrapped his mouth around the constable’s thigh and sunk his teeth in.

The officer was finally able to secure Hilton after using a Taser and leg restraints.

Hilton was jailed for three months for the assault.

New legislation – The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill - means that jail time for those who assault workers in the public sector, could double.

When exercising the legislation, judges will take into consideration that the offence was committed against an emergency worker. Whereas previously, those who committed these types of offences could receive a maximum sentence of six months in prison, this could now be increased to one year.

Assistant Chief Constable Annette Anderson, said: “Members of the emergency services often put themselves in harm’s way to protect others and this incident is no different.

“Being attacked when you are simply trying to do your job is something no-one should have to face but being targeted while you are coming to the rescue of others is nothing short of inexcusable.

“As we do in any case, we will robustly pursue those who use violence against those responding to 999 calls and will do everything in our power, with the newly welcomed legislation, to protect the protectors.”