A man is due before magistrates in Manchester tomorrow [April 11] charged with biting a police officer who was trying to explain the coronavirus lockdown rules to him.

Police were called to Drake Street at around 6.40pm onThursday (April 9) to reports of a man causing a disturbance.

The officers attempted to explain to him that in line with government guidelines around Covid-19, people shouldn’t be going around to other people’s homes.

Credit: GMP

Whilst trying to engage with the man, two officers were both punched. One of those officers - a 21-year-old police constable - was then seriously bitten and had to attend hospital, before being discharged to recover at home.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker and one count of criminal damage. He will be remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court tomorrow [April 11].

Superintendent Richard Hunt, of GMP’s Rochdale district, said:

No police officer should have to come to work – doing a job to serve and protect our communities – and be assaulted. It is absolutely disgusting that my officer was faced with this last night and all of our thoughts are with her as she rests at home.

Superintendent Richard Hunt, GMP