A woman who spat and coughed at a hospital nurse and police officers while claiming to have Covid-19 and HIV has been jailed.

Sarah Clarkson-Rose who's 42, deliberately coughed at the emergency workers and tried to smear one of them with her own blood after she "blacked out" last month.

She appeared for sentencing at Lewes Crown Court by video link after pleading guilty to assault by beating of an emergency worker and two charges of common assault of an emergency worker.

Clarkson-Rose, of New Barn Lane, Ridgewood near Uckfield, East Sussex, was originally arrested following a disturbance at her home on May 11th.

She was taken to a nearby police station where she refused to co-operate with a standard Covid-19 health assessment.

Overnight she claimed to be feeling unwell in her police cell but on being taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital spat repeatedly in the faces of both the nurse who was trying to help her and another PC who was escorting her and was also trying to help.

All three emergency workers were unhurt, continued on duty, and have shown no symptoms of Coronavirus. They will however be tested for the virus.

It turned out that the woman needed no medical treatment and she was returned to police custody.

"This was an appalling series of deliberate attacks on three public servants doing their duty to help keep the public safe.

Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner