Police officer tests positive for coronavirus after being spat at by Soham man claiming to have virus
A police officer has tested positive for coronavirus after he was spat at by a man claiming to have the disease.
Officers were responding to an incident in Soham's Brewhouse Lane just after midnight on Wednesday to reports of 'concern for a person' when the officer was spat at.
The Cambridgeshire Police officer has now tested positive for the virus. The man, who was arrested, could now have his conditional caution reviewed in light of the test result.
Chief constable Nick Dean said he was 'disgusted' by the incident, which has put the officer into self-isolation.
"Many of my officers and staff are right on the front line and they have no choice but to deal with members of the public, that's policing, but to be subject to the abuse we are often subjected to, people using Covid and the fact that they have Covid as an excuse to to threaten officers and in the case of this officer now has Covid," he said.
"Although we cannot directly relate it to that individual offender, it just puts into perspective the dangerous nature of policing," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
Liz Groom, chairman of Cambridgeshire Police Federation, said: "It seems a bit of a weapon to some people. It's that extra threat 'I've got coronavirus' and then they spit.
"You can imagine the stress and the anxiety that causes the officer and also their family. The officers have families at home and what they don't want to do is go home and infect their family as well."