So far, a staggering 313 people have been prosecuted for assaulting emergency services workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Attacks on 999 crews are, unfortunately, becoming an increasingly common occurrence across the country but since the pandemic regulations came into place there have been more than usual.
Since 23 March, when the lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there have been thousands of assaults on emergency workers with hundreds of people being convicted for coronavirus-related attacks in the first month, up to 30 April.
The majority of the COVID-19-related assaults have been by spitting or coughing at 999 personnel claiming to have coronavirus.
Shopworkers were also among the victims, with 62 separate common assault prosecutions recorded by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) during the first month of the lockdown.
In non-emergency worker assault cases, Chinese people were attacked based on the presumption their country is responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. Others include assaults in supermarkets over stockpiling.
In total, 424 people were charged with a coronavirus-related crime, with 97% pleading guilty in court.
The CPS Director of Public Prosecutions, Max Hill QC said: “It is disgraceful that hard-working essential workers continue to be abused during a health emergency and I have warned repeatedly that anyone doing so faces serious criminal charges.
“Offences which relate to coronavirus, including assaults on emergency workers, are being treated among the highest priority for charging decisions during the pandemic.
“I am pleased to see our strong stance reflected in this data, with hundreds of convictions recorded in the first month alone.
“All other crimes where there is a coronavirus element are also being captured by prosecutors so these can be treated as aggravating features in court.”
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