The "very vicious" attack arose from "a situation where there has been a growing lack of respect for the rule of law, and all the attacks on police in the media and elsewhere doesn't help," she said.I'll be posting more on this later tonight.
"I think it's very important to acknowledge that over the last decade or so there have been numerous attacks (in the media) on the police. There have been the reports into police conduct, all those sorts of things, none of which have actually encouraged people to increase their respect for the police."
Asked if she was saying media reports were a factor in yesterday's attack, Ms Collins said: "No, I'm certainly not saying [that]. You shouldn't jump to conclusions."
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