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Man jailed for spitting at female police officer in 'truly vile' assault

Credit: North Wales Police

A 44-year-old man from north Wales has been jailed for spitting on a female police officer.

Stephen Budski was arrested for public order offences after police received calls about the behaviour of two men in a street in the south Gwynedd area.

When police arrived at the scene, Stephen became aggressive towards them and subsequently spat on one of the officers.

Police District Inspector Matt Geddes branded the offence "truly vile" and pointed out that it was even more serious given the current risks associated with coronavirus.

Stephen, from Llanfrothen, was sentenced at Mold Magistrates Court to 18 weeks in prison for assaulting an emergency worker.

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In reaction to the assault, District Inspector Matt Geddes said: “This is a truly vile offence at any time, however the current risks associated with Coronavirus make this an even more abhorrent offence which has caused the officer involved a significant amount of distress.”

Only last week, the Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC, said: “Emergency workers are more essential than ever as society comes together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

“Let me be very clear: this is a crime and needs to stop. The CPS stands behind emergency and essential workers and will not hesitate to prosecute anybody who threatens them as they go about their vital duties.”

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