Police forces across the West Country are reporting a number of assaults - some of them involving spitting at officers - during the coronavirus lockdown

Under new Government legislation, police officers and PCSOs can now take action against anyone who is not obeying social distancing rules.

Here are three recent incidents:

A 23-year-old woman from South Gloucestershire is due in court after being charged with assaulting a paramedic.

Police were called out on Wednesday 1 April after a male paramedic suffered facial injuries when he was treating her for a leg injury.

Shanice Robins from Kingswood, is due before magistrates on 30 April to face a charge of assaulting an emergency worker.

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In Gloucester, a man was arrested after spitting at and racially abusing officers investigating a house party.

Two officers called to Hatherley Road yesterday evening, 2 April, after a resident raised concerns. They found a group of six people there. When they spoke to them to say they were breaching social distancing rules, one officer was spat at and the other had racial abuse aimed at them.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, assaulting a police officer and racially aggravated public order against a police officer.

Assaults on officers will not be tolerated and we will continue to take the strongest action possible against anyone who behaves in this way.

Chief Constable Rod Hansen, Gloucestershire