Woman, 26, ‘coughed and spat at police who came to shut down house party’

A woman allegedly coughed and spat at police officers as they responded to reports of a house party on Saturday.

The 26-year-old will appear in court after being arrested and charged with assaulting an emergency worker after the incident.

Officers were called to reports of a gathering in Bridgwater shortly after 7pm on Sunday.

It was one of three similar incidents that officers from Avon and Somerset Police officers faced over the weekend.

In Bath, a 42-year-old woman was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker – one relating to an officer being spat at – just after 7.30pm on Saturday.

A 36-year-old woman has also been charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker after officers were physically assaulted while attending a domestic-related incident in Bridgwater just before 8pm on Saturday.

Chief Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said such incidents were particularly abhorrent amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Officers are simply trying to do their job to protect the public and keep our communities safe in these worrying times," she said.

"They do not deserve to be assaulted in any way, particularly being spat on and coughed at.

"Anyone who does this can expect to be arrested and as we have already seen elsewhere they could face a prison sentence as a result."

All three of the women arrested by Avon and Somerset Police on Saturday will appear before magistrates next month.

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