Fewer library staff in Derbyshire attacked

The number of library staff who have been attacked in Derbyshire has dropped recently, both city and county council authorities say.

Assaults on library staff in the county fell to 48 from 79 in the past year.

In Derby, the city council said attacks against library staff fell to 28 in 2010 from 55 in the previous year.

Kate Sarvent, a union representative who works at the county's Shirebrook Library, said there are always some library users who cause trouble.

She said one young man grabbed her and forced his way back into the library after attacking a young girl outside the library.

The girl ran off and the man also left after police were called.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: "We take our staff's safety and wellbeing very seriously and have encouraged employees in our library service to report any incidents, in line with the authority's assault reporting procedure.

"This includes putting bans in place for three, six or 12-month periods if there are persistent offenders, or providing staff training in personal safety or handling conflict situations."

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