Man arrested on suspicion of wasting police time following Covid-19 claim
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A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wasting police time after falsely claiming to have Covid-19.
At the end of July, police officers arrested the man on suspicion of domestic related offences, including assault.
During the arrest, he claimed to have tested positive for Covid-19, forcing three police officers at the scene to immediately leave work and self-isolate for several days.
It was subsequently proven, following police enquiries, that the man had falsified these claims and that he did not in fact have Covid-19, or any symptoms relating to the virus at all.
Inspector Beth Curlett, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on policing, putting huge pressure on officers who are already busy, so this type of behaviour is the last thing we need.
“This incident caused significant disruption - not only to the workforce’s capabilities, but also to the officers who had their personal lives affected by the need to self-isolate for a period of time.
“These officers could also have been spending their time attending genuine emergencies or calls to service in the name of fighting crime and protecting the public in Northamptonshire.
“We make no apologies for cracking down on behaviour like this and we will continue to arrest anyone who wastes the precious time of the already stretched emergency services.”
The 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wasting police time and breach of bail. He remains in police custody at this time.