Police Officer Left With Teeth Marks On Arm After Being Bitten
A man has been charged after an assault on two police officers in Rochdale, one of whom he had bitten.
Christopher Hill, 29, of no fixed abode, was charged with two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker, along with one count of criminal damage.
The two officers were responding to an incident in Rochdale on Thursday 9 April when they were punched.
Greater Manchester Police said one of the officers - who is a 21-year-old police constable - was then also 'seriously bitten'.
Hill will be remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on Saturday 11 April 2020.
Greater Manchester Police have also been focusing on ensuring people stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, having recently revealed a total of 1,132 breaches of lockdown measures were reported across the county between Wednesday 25 March and Tuesday 7 April.
Among these breaches, there were 494 house parties and 166 street parties.
The force also had to break up 122 group gatherings for sporting activities, 173 gatherings in parks and 112 incidents of anti-social behaviour and public disorder.
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GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: "We understand the desire people will have to spend time with family and friends over the Easter period; however it is vital that we follow the Government guidelines. We must do this to protect ourselves, our families, our communities and the NHS by preventing the spread of this highly contagious infection.
"I would encourage everyone to enjoy themselves at home with their loved ones but please don't socialise beyond the immediate people that you live with. Please don't participate in other social gatherings inside or outside, no matter how big or small.
"We are trying to engage, explain, and encourage everyone to follow the Government guidance. However, where people do not comply with the guidelines, we will use the legislative powers. We hope that such actions will not be necessary and the public will work with us during this challenging time."
Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley has shared a similar message, warning people the 'three-week grace period is over' and that people in the county can now expect to be landed with fines and possibly a criminal record.
He said: "These are not guidelines anymore. This is the law.
"By going out and disobeying the law you are increasing the chances of spreading this coronavirus and causing many more deaths, unnecessary deaths.
"We've had examples of people sunbathing in the park, having barbecues in the park, we've had large gatherings of family members. To those people, I am saying 'your time is up'."
Featured Image Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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