Prosecutors warn coronavirus threats are a crime following a spate of attacks

Prosecutors are warning coronavirus threats are a crime following a spate of attacks.

A man from Mansfield is due to appear in court after he allegedly spat at police officers claiming he had been suffering with symptoms of coronavirus.

The 48 year old is due at Nottingham Magistrates' court today charged with two counts of assault of an emergency worker.

The officers involved in this alleged incident are safe and well.

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The officers involved in this alleged incident are safe and well.

Meanwhile a 37 year old woman from Huddersfield pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting an officer while claiming to have the virus.

Police were called to a disturbance on Whitby Avenue in Fartown and they found a woman who became abusive towards them. She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and breathed over the officer claiming to have coronavirus. She will be sentenced at Crown Court at a date to be fixed.