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Woman from Norwich jailed for coughing on police and claiming to have coronavirus

Norwich Station where the attack took place Credit: ITV Anglia/library picture

A woman from Norwich has been jailed after she coughed in a police officer's face and claimed she had coronavirus.

Joanne Turner, 35, became abusive when officers spoke to her after she had kicked and damaged a car parked outside Norwich train station at around 11pm on Wednesday.

Turner, of William Kett Close in Norwich, admitted on Thursday at Norwich Magistrates' Court to assaulting an emergency worker, Norfolk Police said.

She also admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place and criminal damage.

The force said she was jailed for 12 weeks.

Any abuse and threatening behaviour towards the emergency services is unacceptable at any time. "However, this sentence reflects the seriousness of threats and acts of coughing to put others in fear of contracting Covid-19.

– Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall

Police said it should act as a clear warning that there would be serious consequences for anyone who behaved in such a threatening way towards others during the pandemic

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