A woman who spat at an emergency services worker during the Coronavirus pandemic has been jailed.
Stonehouse, of Barrowcliff Road, Scarborough, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency services worker.
Speaking after the hearing, Detective Sergeant Jane Brewster said: “Any assault on emergency services workers is unacceptable, but this kind of vile behaviour amid the current risk of Covid-19, is particularly deplorable and distressing for the victim.
“Throughout these difficult times, police officers and police staff continue to put their service to the public first, to keep people and communities safe across North Yorkshire.
“Nobody should be assaulted for doing their job and I hope the custodial sentence given to Stonehouse shows how completely unacceptable this is.”
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has already said that anyone who deliberately coughs at emergency services workers or uses having Covid-19 as a threat faces serious criminal charges.