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Thug coughs in the face of cop on Fenton Close, Newark, and claims to have coronavirus

A police officer in Newark had somebody cough in their face who claimed to have tested positive for coronavirus.

Police have condemned those who deliberately attack key workers in the line of duty after officers came under attack in three separate incidents last night.

Nottinghamshire Police. (39229151)
Nottinghamshire Police. (39229151)

A number of officers were left with injuries following the various incidents, thankfully none seriously, prompting further calls for this type of assault to be stopped.

Police were called to incidents in Langold, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Newark last night, with officers either physically assaulted or coughed and spat at each incident.

In Fenton Close, Newark, a man allegedly coughed in the face of an officer after claiming to have tested positive for coronavirus. They were subsequently arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

In Langold, officers attended a report of a fight at pub in Doncaster Road at around 1am this morning. When police attempted to bring the disturbance to a safe conclusion, six officers were physically assaulted and two police cars were damaged.

The officers suffered minor injuries in the incident and two men were arrested on suspicion of multiple offences.

Police were also allegedly assaulted at incidents in Aspley Road in Sutton-in-Ashfield and Fenton Close.

One officer suffered injuries to their face when a man was believed to resist arrest by pulling her to the ground, resulting in the arrest of man.

Earlier this year Nottinghamshire Police along with other local key workers including doctors, nurses, fire crews, teachers and ambulance staff released a joint video condemning such violence and attacks on those carrying out their duties. This can be viewed below.

This was prompted by a number of offences where people were deliberately spitting and coughing on key workers claiming to have Coronavirus - right at the height of the pandemic.

A number of people have now been jailed following these attacks locally.

Nottinghamshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper said: "Any attack on anyone should never be tolerated but to attack officers or other key workers in the line of duty is particularly appalling.

"Thankfully in these cases last night there appears to be no serious injuries but there could easily have been and I find it disgraceful that people would think it is acceptable to assault those who are here to protect them.

"It is unusual to have this many attacks on our officers in one night, but sadly not unusual for our officers to come under attack in this way.

"We are investigating all the incidents and we will be seeking charges for those who deliberately hurt our officers.

"I would also like to thank those courageous members of our force who put their own lives in danger in this way in order to apprehend those intent on committing crimes like this. They are all being supported and will make full recoveries."

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