May 22, 2020 5.43 pm This story is over 42 months old

Lincolnshire police officers assaulted nearly 50 times during lockdown

There have been over 300 prosecutions nationally

Lincolnshire Police officers have been assaulted nearly 50 times during the coronavirus lockdown.

Between the start of lockdown on March 23 and May 5, the force recorded 47 assaults involving 38 suspects (some assaults were on multiple officers).

Humberside Police have also had a busy time during lockdown, but their stats relate to the number of charges/summons to court for assaults on emergency workers.

Between March 23 and May 21, the force recorded 21 charges/summons brought for this offence in North East Lincolnshire and 17 in North Lincolnshire.

This comes after the Crown Prosecution Service recently revealed that more than 300 people were tried in court in first month of lockdown up to April 30.

The CPS said that the 313 attacks followed a typical pattern of police officers and other emergency workers being coughed at and spat on by people claiming to have COVID-19.

Shop workers were also among the victims of 62 separate common assault prosecutions completed over the same period.