An 18-year-old has been charged with spitting at ambulance crew members who tried to help him after he reported suffering a suspected seizure.

The man, from Skipton, North Yorkshire, is accused of assaulting two emergency workers by spitting and threatening to cough in their faces after mentioning coronavirus.

North Yorkshire Police said the incident happened on Broughton Road, in the town, at 7.55pm on Sunday.

A force spokesman said:

It is understood that the man had called for medical assistance due to a possible seizure.

Force spokesman

Detective Superintendent Steve Thomas said:

While I cannot comment on this specific case for legal reasons, it is clearly abhorrent behaviour to assault by spitting or make such threats against any emergency worker.

DS Steve Thomas

The man will appear at Skipton Magistrates' Court on May 22.