A police officer had blood spat in his eye after arresting a man who had allegedly attacked a woman by rugby tackling her to the ground.
Officers from Nottinghamshire Police were called just after 10pm yesterday (18 October) to a report that a man had attacked a woman in a pub on Burton Road in Carlton, Nottinghamshire.
It was reported that a man had gone over to another table while at the pub and made a number of jokes which the people he was talking to objected to. At this point the man is reported to have tried to head butt the woman at the table and pushed her over.
Police attended and arrested a man on suspicion of assault. While being taken to custody, the man is reported to have spat in an officer’s eye. Officers reported there was blood in the spit. He was further arrested on suspicion of assault of an emergency worker.
A 25-year-old man has been charged with assault, assault of an emergency worker, two counts of using threatening or insulting words or behaviour – one of which was racially aggravated – and two counts of criminal damage.
Inspector Mark Stanley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Emergency workers are selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way to continue protecting the public during the Coronavirus pandemic and they are entitled to be able to do their job without being assualted.
“Spitting is a particular issue given the current situation we are all in. Offences of this nature puts people’s lives in danger along with that of their family or friends.”