Prison warning for anyone spitting at or abusing frontline staff could face prison

Reports of verbal abuse and assaults on those on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis are increasing every day.

Police, NHS staff and key workers are reporting being verbally abused and spat or coughed at by people claiming to have Covid-19 symptoms. 

“With those who chose not comply with the government’s guidance, we have taken the necessary enforcement action…”

Yesterday Hastings’ MP Sally-Ann Hart branded anyone behaving in such away as ‘disgusting’.

Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “We have engaged, explained and encouraged people to do the right thing in following the government’s guidance to stay home and ensure we protect the NHS and ultimately save lives during this devastating public health crisis.

“With those who chose not comply with the government’s guidance, we have taken the necessary enforcement action.

“However we’ve had cases of our officers who are engaging with the public or responding to reports of crime who have been spat or coughed on by individuals claiming to have coronavirus in a bid to avoid being arrested. We have also had reports of people spitting at and verbally abusing key workers. 

“It is appalling that the men and women on the frontline of this crisis are being threatened with the virus that they are working so hard every day to protect us against. The fact that they are being spat or coughed on is bad enough, but to then claim to have Covid-19, makes the behaviour even more despicable. Being assaulted is not part of the job.”

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that such behaviour could constitute common assault, and attacks on emergency workers specifically were punishable by up to two years in prison.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related

Some of the nation’s best green spaces are on our doorstep

Today a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award and three of them are right here in our town. Alexandra Park, Hastings Country Park and St Leonards Gardens are among green spaces in the UK have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best […]

Green Party petition urges council to reject harbour plans

Hastings Green Party has delivered a petition of more than 1,100 signatures calling on Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to reject plans for a harbour development in the town. The petition was handed to Hastings Mayor Nigel Sinden earlier today at Rock-a-Nore, where the proposed harbour would be built. Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack was […]


Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (1) in /home2/hastings/domains/hastingsinfocus.co.uk/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5373

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (1) in /home2/hastings/domains/hastingsinfocus.co.uk/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5373