Man jailed for biting and spitting at police after claiming he had coronavirus

A man who violently threatened neighbours as he forced his way into a house spat and bit police officers after claiming he had coronavirus.

Terry Simmons, 32, was reported to police last week after he was spotted banging on people’s doors in St Andrews Road, Cambridge, demanding to be let inside.

Simmons then threatened residents before forcing his way into one home, claiming he had Covid-19.

He was forced back out before attempting to run from a police officer as they arrived.

Simmons spat at one officer when he was being put in a police van and bit another on the hand when at the Parkside Police Station’s custody suite.

Simmons was jailed for 36 weeks at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, using violence to secure entry and using threatening words to cause alarm or distress.

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He was also ordered to pay £125 in compensation.

PC Sean Feline said: ‘Assaults on emergency workers who are simply trying to do their job are completely unacceptable, even more so during this difficult time we are all experiencing.

‘Simmons’ behaviour left residents, who had been following Government advice, fearing for their safety and their health.’

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