A Bradford man has been arrested in Harrogate on suspicion of racially-aggravated abuse toward a shop worker and biting and spitting at police officers after claiming he has Covid-19.
The incident occurred at a store on Railway Road between 5pm and 5.20pm on Thursday (10 September 2020).
It was initially reported to the Force Control Room that the 32-year-old man was being abusive and threatening towards customers and staff.
Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Roads Policing Group were alerted to the scene to assist.
The man allegedly resisted arrest after saying he had coronavirus. The officers reported that they had been spat at and one received a bite to a hand which required medical treatment.
The man remains in police custody for questioning while police enquiries continue.
Covid-safe measures have been adhered to throughout to ensure the safety of those involved in the incident.
Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or make a report at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Please quote reference number 12200158787 when providing details about this incident.
Last modified: September 11, 2020