Police forces across the UK have recorded a 21% increase in assaults onofficers over the lockdown period. Figures gathered by the PA news agency from31 forces show that 7,863 assaults were recorded over the first three monthsof lockdown, compared with 6,505 for the same period in 2019. This does notinclude data from 12 forces which did not provide statistics. LeicestershirePolice recorded the most substantial increase of 102%, with 205 cases in thefirst three months of lockdown, up from 101 the previous year. Chief ConstableSimon Cole said a "particularly distasteful trend" of offenders spitting andcoughing on officers and threatening to infect them with coronavirus has alsodeveloped countrywide.