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A man from Salford has been jailed for assaulting emergency workers.

He also claimed he had Covid-19 and threatened to spit at the officer and her colleagues.

Last Friday afternoon, police were called to reports of ongoing criminal damage at a property on Hilltop Court in Worsley.

Officers attended and Shaun Sleigh, of Hilltop Court, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

During his arrest, Sleigh assaulted a female officer and threatened to spit at the officers.

Sleigh was further arrested on suspicion of assault of an emergency worker and placed in a spit guard

Sleigh was charged with three counts of assault of an emergency worker.

He pleaded guilty and, on Saturday 4 April 2020, was sentenced at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court to 36 weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay compensation.

Chief Inspector Roger Pegram, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “Sleigh’s behaviour towards these officers was absolutely disgraceful, especially considering the country’s ongoing response to Covid-19.

“My officers were just doing their job – to keep Greater Manchester safe to the best of their abilities.

“No public servant should ever be faced with violence, especially not when they are trying to protect communities.

“I hope this result acts as a warning that neither GMP nor the justice system will tolerate this kind of behaviour. Anyone found guilty could receive a custodial sentence.”

At time of writing, Salford has 345 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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