Yorkshire woman who claimed to have coronavirus and breathed on police officer found guilty

A Yorkshire woman who claimed to have coronavirus and then breathed on a police officer has been found guilty of assault.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 6:34 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 6:36 pm

Police went to a disturbance on Whitby Avenue in Huddersfield on Thursday, March 26.

At the scene, the woman began being abusive towards the officers.

She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

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A Yorkshire woman who claimed to have coronavirus and then breathed on a police officer has been found guilty of assault.

However, as she was being arrested, she exhaled towards the officer and claimed to have Coronavirus.

She was further arrested for assaulting an emergency worker.

The woman pleaded guilty to assault on a police officer at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on Friday.

She has been remanded into custody.

She will be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.

Kirklees Detective Superintendent, Jim Griffiths said: "Given the particularly challenging circumstances all emergency services are facing amid the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, it is utterly incomprehensible that they would be treated in this way.

"Irrespective of the fact that this individual has chosen to use Coronavirus as the means to assault our colleague, this is a subject which we have campaigned long and hard over.

"It led to the introduction of the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act in 2018 and we will continue to use these powers against anyone who attempts to use such tactics against the very people who are trying to protect them.

“The message is clear, we will not tolerate this behaviour from the minority and the criminal justice system will take a dim view of those who take advantage of the virus for their own benefit.

“Clearly this has been particularly distressing for the officer concerned and we are providing the necessary support.

“It has not yet, however, been ascertained if the woman arrested was suffering from COVID-19.”