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Emergency services 'spat and coughed at'

Police and paramedics say people coughed and spat in their faces over the weekend - with a number of people arrested.

A 26 year old woman was arrested after police were called to a house party in Bridgwater on Saturday night.

A 43 year old man from Stroud was charged with coughing in the face of a paramedic.

A 42-year-old woman  - from Peasedown St John near Bath - was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency service worker and is due before the city's magistrates next month.

Chief Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said 'any assault on officers of this nature were particularly abhorrent in light of the public health crisis the country is facing'.

She added: “Officers are simply trying to do their job to protect the public and keep our communities safe in these worrying times.

“They do not deserve to be assaulted in any way, particularly being spat on and coughed at. 

"Anyone who does this can expect to be arrested and as we have already seen elsewhere they could face a prison sentence as a result.

Details of incidents at the weekend:

  • A 26-year-old woman has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker in connection with an incident in which an officer was coughed and spat at. It happened after officers were called to attend reports of a house party in Bridgwater, at just after 7pm last night (Saturday 28 March). The woman is due to attend Taunton Magistrates’ Court next month.
  • A 42-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker following an incident in Peasedown St John, Bath, at just after 7.30pm last night (Saturday 28 March). One of the charges relates to an officer being spat at. She’s due to appear at Bath Magistrates’ Court next month.
  • A 36-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker relating to an incident in which officers attended a domestic-related incident in Bridgwater at just before 8pm last night (Saturday 28 March). The charges relate to physical assaults on two officers. The woman is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates’ Court next month.
  • A 43 year old man from Stroud has been arrested and charged for assaulting an emergency worker by way of coughing and threatening GBH by infecting with COVID 19.  It follows an incident where a man allegedly deliberately coughed in the face of a paramedic.

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