A man claimed to have Covid before biting a police officer and spitting on another.

Police stopped Matthew Bamber's vehicle on Higher Road in Longridge after suspecting he was driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

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He then claimed that he was "Covid positive" and bit one of the officers on the hand and spat at a second. The two officers were not seriously injured.

Bamber of Grange Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, was arrested and once in police custody refused to provide a sample of his breath.

It was also found that he had an expired provisional driving licence and no insurance for his vehicle.

Bamber has now pleaded guilty to assaulting two emergency service workers in the course of their duty, said Lancashire Police.

Police said: "Bamber was sentenced to 8 weeks imprisonment and also 4 weeks imprisonment to run concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.

"A thank you again to the Longridge resident who initially rang police to say they were concerned about his manner of driving, which then resulted in him being stopped before he could injure someone. Also, our appreciation to the local person who was willing to attend court and give evidence to what they saw."

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