A young police officer has shared her horror and dismay after a severed pig head was left on the hood of her car in a cruel and twisted "prank."
Keep scrolling to see the shocking act of vandalism, and to hear what she's had to say on the matter...
Now, more than ever before, we need to be looking out for our emergency services.
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Our emergency workers have been stretching themselves to breaking point.
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While medical researchers work tirelessly to find a vaccine for the new virus...
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Police services have also been put under extra pressure during the pandemic.
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Our officers are risking their own health and safety every day in order to do their jobs.
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And, sadly, some have already lost their lives.
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It's a dark and difficult time for us all...
via: GettyAnd these key workers need the help and corporation of the public more than ever before.
Thankfully, most people have been giving our emergency services their full support.
via: GettyThousands have so far volunteered to help out during the pandemic, and hundreds of retired doctors and nurses have temporarily come out of their retirements to assist on the front lines.
All over the world, people have been coming together to support our key workers.
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And, in Scotland, they even brought out the bagpipes.
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Countless heartwarming stories of the public's gratitude to their key workers have been emerging on social media...
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But, sadly, not everyone has been so supportive.
via: GettyIn London, a twenty-four-year-old police officer, known only as Laura, has found herself victim of a disgusting attack right outside of her own home.
This young offer was targeted in the most grotesque of ways.
A policewoman was left in tears after sick yobs defied coronavirus lockdown rules to dump a pig's head on her car w… https://t.co/5saWl6w5gG— London & UK Crime (@London & UK Crime)1585869562.0
Understandably, this horrified the young woman...
Laura, 24, who works for British Transport Police, said she felt "violated" when she found the body part as she got… https://t.co/36yTFHABen— London & UK Crime (@London & UK Crime)1585869562.0
It has completely devastated the young woman.
Dad Paul Taylor said: "She was just sobbing. As a dad I'm just absolutely raging. Laura's only 5ft tall, there's no… https://t.co/DCSI9cayaU— London & UK Crime (@London & UK Crime)1585869563.0
Laura does not deserve this.
These guys may think this is a prank, but this is her house and she's off duty and she's just beyond herself on thi… https://t.co/sxfWW9OhEq— London & UK Crime (@London & UK Crime)1585869563.0
The so-called prank has had a huge impact on Laura...
via: GettyWho is now even looking at selling her car as a result. Speaking to The Mirror, her dad explained: "She's now worried that she's got to get rid of her car because it's been targeted. She relies on it to get to work. She's now got all this stress on top of the job she's doing.
He stressed that people need to be treating their officers with more respect.
via: GettyEspecially during times like these. "Society needs to understand that it's a bad enough job they're doing when they're in uniform, but to be targeted off-duty, at night, in your own home, it's just disgusting."
The police immediately investigated the hideous act of vandalism...
via: GettyAnd they were quick to arrest a suspect. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at 6.12 am on Thursday, April 2 to a residential address in Hackbridge with reports that a pig’s head had been left on a woman’s car. Shortly afterwards at approximately 9.23 am, a nineteen-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a section s.4A public order offence (intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress)."
Our officers deserve better.
via: GettyLet's just hope that Laura can get the justice that she deserves. Thankfully, police officers don't always get such horrifying jobs - Keep scrolling to read about the time the police had to break up a huge game of hide-and-seek in Ikea...