Numerous cases of NHS workers and police assaults have been revealed in only thirty days by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
In only a month of the coronavirus lockdown, three hundred police and National Health Care workers have been attacked. The director of public prosecutions, Max Hill QC, revealed that during the month of April there were 313 assaults on emergency workers.
Proving his point to the point to the parliament`s Justice Committee, he mentioned that they were among a total of 660 coronavirus-related charges in the month against 424 people.
A specific “Covid-19 monitoring flag” has been introduced by the CPS on its database to monitor related offences that pertain to the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations.
For instance, offences like coughing on emergency workers, assaults related to stockpiling in supermarkets, scams selling non-existent hand sanitizer or masks, and hate crimes against people “based on the presumption that their country of origin is responsible” for the outbreak.
“We are all conscious that with the partial closure of courts and the gradual return of trials it’s necessary to do what we can to manage the flow of cases,” Mr Hill said.
“It is prioritisation – it is not an abandonment or move away from an interest in certain areas of crime … in the context of a serious crime I do not believe there will be any significant difference apart from the timing.”
During the lockdown, priority was being given to all coronavirus-related offences, which initially forced more than half of the courts in England and Wales to close.