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Coronavirus: Skipton man charged with assaulting ambulance crew

Coronavirus: Skipton man charged with assaulting ambulance crew

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:29am 14th April 2020. (Updated at 7:56am 14th April 2020)

A Skipton man is due to appear in court charged with assaulting two ambulance crew 

  • It happened on Broughton Road on Sunday night (12th April) 
  • The 18-year-old had called for medical assistance
  • Police say he became aggressive and spat at the two crew members 
  • It's also alleged that he threatened to cough in their faces
  • He's due to appear in court in May charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker

It happened on Broughton Road at 7.55pm on Sunday (12 April 2020).

It is understood the 18-year-old man had called for medical assistance himself due to a possible seizure.

It is alleged that he became aggressive inside the ambulance and spat at the two crew members. It is also alleged that he threatened to cough in their faces after making reference to the coronavirus. 

 

Police were called to the scene and he was arrested and forcibly removed from the ambulance.

Following questioning in custody and further police enquiries, the man was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

He was released on bail and will appear at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on 22 May, 9.30am. 

Detective Superintendent Steve Thomas, Senior Operational Commander for Harrogate and Craven, said:

“While I cannot comment on this specific case for legal reasons, it is clearly abhorrent behaviour to assault by spitting or make such threats against any emergency worker. This is especially so at a time of national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic when the risk of infection remains high.

“Anyone suspected of committing such a crime against emergency workers can expect to face prosecution.”