The number of assaults, threats and incidents of verbal abuse at courts in England and Wales increased last year, new figures have shown.

A total of 217 incidents of “aggressive contact/assault” were recorded in court and tribunal buildings in 2014, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) revealed.

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