Girl, 14, arrested after spitting into the mouth of police officer as fears for safety of frontline workers grow – The Sun
A TEENAGE girl has been arrested after spitting in the mouth of a police officer amid growing fears over the safety of frontline workers.
The 14-year-old was held on suspicion of stealing and causing anti-social behaviour when she is said to have spat and kicked at officers in Truro, Cornwall.
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Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Boscawen Street after reports of thefts from stores in the city centre.
The teen was detained but is said to have kicked an officer before spitting at another.
Police commander Ian Drummond-Smith said the spittle landed in the cop's mouth in a post on Twitter.
Pictures show officers gathered around a police van and two police cars opposite the The Entertainer toy shop following the incident at 6.15pm on Tuesday, April 21.
In a statement, the force said: "A 14-year-old girl from Truro has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting two police officers following a call from local shops on Boscawen Street, Truro, with suspicions that she was stealing and causing anti-social behaviour.
"Officers were spat and kicked at."
Fears are growing for the safety of frontline workers like police and paramedics amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Numerous disturbing incidents have occurred in which members of the public have lashed out at the emergency services.
It often includes weaponisation of fears over the virus, including spitting and coughing on workers.
Britain remains in the midst of a coronavirus lockdown, which chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned may extend into 2021.
Meanwhile the death toll rose again today, surpassing 18,000 as the total infections reached more 133,000 across the UK.
Devon and Cornwall Police have not confirmed whether or not the teenage girl has been charged.
It came as a third officer was kicked in leg elsewhere in the county in Penzance.
Achille Derosa, 33, from Penzance, was charged in relation to the alleged incident in the town.
He was charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place and assaulting an emergency worker.
A string of other reports have emerged of people using coronavirus fears to intimidate members of the public or emergency workers.
NHS care manager Amy Hall, 28, was targeted by a shopper in a Lidl car park in Waterlooville, Hampshire.
A man approached her and branded her a "virus spreader" before attempting to spit on her as she walked to the shops.
Elsewhere, Luke Beresford, 24, was sentenced to 17 weeks in prison after he coughed and spat at a policeman on Easter Sunday in Cheltenham town centre.
Thomas Wilson, 19, was also jailed after he admitted threatening to spit and cough on police during an altercation in Coventry on March 31.
Bevan Burke, was also jailed after he spat at a shopkeeper who had banned him for shoplifting.
The 22-year-old went into the Post Poffice in Northfield, Birmingham, and shouted "I have corona… you're going to die".
He then began coughing and blowing towards police, saying "I've got confirmed coronavirus and now you've got it".
Burke admitted assaulting emergency workers and the shop keeper and was jailed for 10 months.
It comes as it emerged workers may face a staggered rush hour to avoid large crowds when coronavirus lockdown measures are eventually eased.
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