A leading Staffordshire Police officer has slammed a ‘very, very small minority of idiots’ who have been coughing on or spitting on people during the coronavirus pandemic.
With Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering a UK lockdown on Monday to enforce social distancing, police officers have been ordered to slap people with fines or dispersal notices for not complying with the guidelines.
Now a leading Staffordshire Police officer has hit-out at people flouting the rules or even going one step further.
Temporary assistant chief constable Simon Tweats took to social media to share what officers have had to tackle over the past week.
He said: “Today’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Response Officers are fully briefed on the new legislation but please be clear, we’re stepping up our friendliness by engaging even more with our local communities; explaining the importance of staying at home.
“Confronting a very, very small minority of idiots who attempt to infect others (spitting, coughing etc C19) or foolish large groups who fail to disperse. Based on what we’ve seen so far this really is a tiny number of people. So a big thank you to everyone else”
It comes as forces around the country have reportedly been faced with angry people refusing to go home and coughing at others – including a man in Manchester who has now been charged for coughing on a police officer.
Cheshire Police also threatened to prosecute parents after a group of youngsters in warrington were deliberately coughing on NHS workers.