Large crowds 'coughing at police and spitting' when asked to move back during serious incident in Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire Police officer was left in disbelief on Saturday after large crowds coughed at police and spat while they were standing guard during a serious incident.

Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 12:12 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 3:18 pm

WYP officer PC Rachel Storey shared the frankly unbelievable update on her professional Twitter account.

To make matters worse, riders on passing motorbikes then threw eggs at the officers.

While PC Storey didn't elaborate on the nature of the incident, she described it as a 'serious incident'.

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She said: "So whilst scene guarding at a serious incident tonight we were faced with large crowds shoulder to shoulder, spitting on the floor and coughing at us when asking them to move back.

"Yes coughing then the target of egg throwers on passing motorbikes.... just WHY? no excuse!

"It was just vile..I had to wash my boots last night when I got home as I couldn’t stop thinking about the amount of spit id stood in!!

Police in West Yorkshire were coughed and spat at during a serious incident (stock photo)

It comes a day after North Yorkshire Police were forced to issue a warning to parents asking them to stop their kids from gathering in large crowds and committing antisocial behaviour offences.The official guidance is that people should not go out in groups and anyone out in public should maintain a social distance of at least two metres.

Everyone is being asked to stay home as much as possible for as long as possible, even those without symptoms.

NHS workers in Armley this morning issued a plea to the public, stating 'We're at work for you. Please stay home for us'.