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Man Detained After Female Staff Member Seriously Injured At Kirkcaldy Job Centre

November 13, 2014

A female member of staff sustained a serious head injury on Wednesday afternoon following an alleged assault at Kirkcaldy Job Centre.

Police attended the building following reports a woman had been attacked with a weapon.

The alleged incident happened in full view of other staff members and member of the public.

The woman was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy by ambulance.

Police were quickly on the scene and a man was detained.

There was intense police activity in the area of Hunter Street with uniformed and CID officers present.

Officers were seen carrying evidence bags from the premises.

An Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We attended at the request of the police.”

One eyewitness told The Courier: “It’s an open office. The police were there within minutes.”

The Job Centre re-opened in the afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Kirkcaldy attended an incident at the Kirkcaldy Job Centre.

“A man was restrained by security staff and was subsequently detained. 

“The woman was taken to the Victoria Hospital by the Scottish Ambulance Service for treatment to a head injury. 

“A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman said: “Violent behaviour towards our staff is completely unacceptable and thankfully is incredibly rare. We will be working closely with the police on this incident.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeffery Davies permalink
    November 13, 2014 4:11 pm

    Was the person sanctioned I wonder but sadly this government doesn’t get it but sadly jcp staff get injured through tory abuse at the unemployed yet I hope she recovers and understands that very many are taking to the brink

  2. victedy permalink
    November 13, 2014 4:48 pm

    One can’t help put muse about how long it will be before a sanctioned person loses it & does some GBH or worse on a JCP member of staff. There’s been a catalogue of atrocities inflicted upon benefits claimants by DWP and the “worm” is turning. I don’t advocate any kind of violence, but these people are desperate & isn’t it a greater crime to starve a family?

  3. Sparks permalink
    November 13, 2014 6:04 pm

    How long till all claimants are interviewed behind glass screens, this wont be the last attack on JCP staff I think, I don’t condone violence but when people are pushed beyond their limit they will strike back!

  4. November 13, 2014 6:31 pm

    back in the 1980s/1990s both up here in my town in Yorkshire and down south in Bedford when i lived there, there WAS glass screens between clients and DHSS staff at the social security/DHSS buildings. though,if my memory serves me correct, in 89/90 when i had to sign on for a few weeks,in a different building, i dont recall that job centre having such screens.wonder why the differentiation?

  5. November 13, 2014 9:04 pm

    If it kicks off in my jobcentre there is no way I’d stay out of it, I’d want my slice of revenge too. Six month sanction because the W.P. Provider could not function, and they all knew this in the Jobcentre. Following schemes all in 2014 and they fall flat on their faces, and no results from any exams we sat, and Jobcentre refuses any liability for us on those mandatory schemes. People are Sanctioned for going to these places in effect.

    Remember if the attacker was sanctioned, then he knows he will get fed in Prison, he will starve on the outside. It’s win-win for him and others Sanctioned to act in this way.

  6. FIONA GUILD permalink
    November 14, 2014 12:37 am

    im sure she deserved it 🙂

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