Police lay charges over COVID-19 “prank” at Coffs Harbour Police Station

A man has been charged after allegedly deliberately coughing on an NSW Police Force employee while pretending to be infected with COVID-19 at Coffs Harbour.

About 2.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 24 March 2020), police will allege a man entered Coffs Harbour Police Station and approached a 71-year-old female general station officer.

Police will allege in court that the man deliberately coughed on the woman and claimed he had COVID-19, while a friend filmed the incident.

While inquiries were being made regarding the man’s claims, the police station was closed, and the necessary isolation protocols were put in place.

Upon further inquiries, it was revealed the man did not have the virus.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District arrested a 21-year-old man at the station, where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, and resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty.

The Coffs Harbour man was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Wednesday 6 May 2020.

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