Nottinghamshire Police have named those charged with the assalut of frontline workers during the pandemic

Nottinghamshire Police have named and shamed the people responsible for the assault on key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

New figures revealed that Nottinghamshire Police has investigated almost 90 reports of assault on key workers all targeted as they joined the nationwide response to the outbreak.

The figures showed the force investigated over 89 incidents where key workers have been coughed on or spat at.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “I find it abhorrent that anyone would ever think to spit or cough at an emergency worker.

“My message to those essential workers is clear, that Nottinghamshire Police, their fellow keyworkers and the vast majority of the county are right behind them as we continue our work to defeat the virus together.”

The incidents include assaults on police officers, Community Protection Officers, care workers and paramedics who were all targeted while carrying out their essential work.

The names of those charged with assaults on key workers:

Andrew Smith, 32, of Ivatt Drive in Sneinton, Nottingham, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday 6 July after he was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker following an incident on Thursday 7 May.

Macauley Bruce, 23, of Byron Fields, Annesley, pleaded not guilty to assault by beating of an emergency worker after a police officer was spat at on Sunday 3 May. He has been remanded to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday 2 June.

Ryan Francis, 36, of Forest Road West, Nottingham, has been charged with common assault on an emergency worker after a Nottinghamshire Police custody sergeant was spat at. He has been remanded to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday 3 June.

James Thomson, 37, of Sneinton Hermitage, Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday 18 May after he was charged with common assault on a police officer, using threatening words towards a Community Protection Officer and common assault by beating. He has been remanded to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 21 May.

Dale Pickering, 31, of Bishops Walk, Church Warsop, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday 18 May after he was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker after two paramedics were spat on after they responded to an incident. He has been remanded into custody to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 26 May.