A Stoke-on-Trent woman has been arrested for allegedly spitting at a hospital worker.
Police were called to the Royal Stoke University Hospital following reports a patient had spat at nursing staff.
A 51-year-old woman – who has not yet been named – was detained following the incident on Tuesday (March 31)
She has since been charged with assaulting an emergency worker.
The suspect was remanded in custody after appearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre yesterday.
She is due back at court on April 8.
It is one of a small coronavirus related incidents police have dealt with since lockdown was brought in.
Assistant Chief Constable Simon Tweats said: “I’ve been out on patrol across Stoke-on-Trent and people have been incredibly supportive. It’s strange to see the streets so empty and it’s a difficult time but I want to thank people for working with us.
“Our aim is to encourage and support our communities to comply fully with these restrictions, however we will enforce against those who disregard these measures and put people at risk.”
“The vast majority of people are fully complying with the guidance and advice and we want to work with them to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The force is investigating another report of assault and has also checked on reports of pub premises remaining open in Tamworth and Hednesford.
ACC Tweats said: “There have been a small number of incidents we’ve had to deal with but overall the response from the public has been brilliant.
“It’s going to be tempting to go out in the warm weather but we want people to stay home wherever possible. Please continue to work with us and help us to help you stay safe.”
“We all have a shared responsibility to protect the NHS, please stay at home and save lives.”