Coronavirus UK Update: Woman who claimed she had Covid-19 jailed

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Coronavirus UK Update: Woman who claimed she had Covid-19 jailed
Coronavirus UK Update: Woman who claimed she had Covid-19 jailed

A 22-year-old woman has been jailed for eight weeks and fined £200 for spitting at a police officer after racially abusing a call handler.

Emily Whittall, of Sinatra Drive, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and one count of racially-aggravated public order at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “This follows an incident on Friday (10/4) in which Whittall made racist remarks to a call handler after calling 999.

“Then, as she was being arrested, Whittall claimed to have coronavirus and spat at an officer.”

PC Antony Hurd said: “This sentence is a strong message that assaults against emergency workers are not tolerated by Thames Valley Police or the courts.

“These are unprecedented times during a global health pandemic, and Whittall showed nothing but disregard for this or the officer’s personal safety.”

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