UK News Boy, 14, charged with spitting at woman during coronavirus crisis

18:50  28 march  2020
18:50  28 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A boy aged 14 has become the youngest suspect to be charged with deliberately spitting or coughing at someone as the coronavirus sweeps Britain.

The youth allegedly coughed on and spat at a 66-year-old woman while shouting “coronavirus” during the incident in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on Tuesday evening.

Because of his age he cannot be identified and will appear in court next week charged with one count of assault.

Police have described incidents, including some targeting police, ambulance and other medical staff, as “deplorable” and warned that offenders or their parents will be pursued.

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After numerous reports from around the country that emergency workers and vulnerable people were being coughed at by people claiming to have the virus, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) warned those responsible will face serious criminal charges.

Cheshire Police have vowed to find and prosecute a group of teenagers, claiming to have the virus, who deliberately coughed at NHS staff in Warrington.

In a Facebook post, Sergeant Lee Hillyard, of Cheshire Police, said: “This is an absolutely abhorrent incident involving abuse of our NHS heroes.”

On Saturday, a man accused of spitting blood in the face of police officers was remanded in custody.

Samuel Konneh, 38, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court where he was refused bail by District Judge John Temperley.

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People deliberately coughing at emergency workers using coronavirus 'as a weapon' will be charged with common assault by the CPS. Suspects can face up to two years in prison following Boris Johnson's lockdown. Director of Public Prosecutions said 'this is a crime and needs to be stopped'.

Konneh is accused of four counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent relating to the spitting at the officers who were responding to reports of a woman being assaulted in Withington, south Manchester, on Thursday.

Konneh, of Easthorpe Close, Withington, was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on April 24.

Greater Manchester Police have also charged another man with coughing at an officer while claiming to have coronavirus.

Mateusz Rejewski, 33, has been charged with one count of common assault on an emergency service worker and one count of breaching a dispersal notice during an incident in Piccadilly Gardens, central Manchester, on Thursday.

The officer has since been self-isolating as a precaution. Rejewski is in custody and is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on April 28.

Chief Superintendent Rob O’Connor, of Cumbria Police, said: “It is deplorable at any time that people think it is acceptable to assault an emergency worker, whether they be a police officer, paramedic, nurse, firefighter or other emergency worker who is a public servant.

“Sadly we have seen examples in the last couple of weeks of police officers being spat at/coughed at and people have also in some cases falsely claimed to have coronavirus which has then caused undue worry and stress for our officers.

“Now is the time when we need our emergency services more than ever to help tackle this national emergency and we are not helped by people acting in such an irresponsible manner.

“We will be taking a zero tolerance approach to acts such as these and ask people to think before they act”.

Man, 23, who claimed he had COVID-19 as he spat on police is jailed .
A 23-year-old man who spat at police in Lancashire while claiming he had coronavirus has been jailed for a year. Callum Heaton was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after police were called to a report of a disturbance in Burnley early on March 28.Lancashire Police said Heaton spat at two officers during the arrest on Cog Lane, while saying he had caught COVID-19.He continued this behaviour as he was taken into custody.Heaton appeared before Burnley Magistrates' Court on 30 March and pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on an emergency worker and one of criminal damage.

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