A WOMAN has been arrested after allegedly punching a nurse and spitting at two security guards at a hospital in Bolton.
Officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to the Royal Bolton Hospital on Saturday afternoon after a nurse was reportedly punched in the stomach.
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It comes amid a spate of shocking attacks on the hero frontline workers who go to work every day to battle the coronavirus.
The incident was reported on the Facebook page of GMP's Bolton South team.
Officers said: "On Saturday, April 4, police were called to the Royal Bolton Hospital to a report that a member of the public had punched a nurse and spat at two security guards."
A 58-year-old woman, named by the officers at Louise Adams, has now been charged with three counts of assaulting emergency services workers.
"She has been remanded in police custody until the next available court," the officers said.
There have been numerous reports of incidents involving NHS workers and police officers since the coronavirus lockdown began.
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In unrelated incidents, an NHS worker was attacked for her ID badge as she did her food shop at a Grimsby supermarket.
The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust slammed her attacker for the heinous crime, saying they "should be ashamed".
NHS worker Sama Shali, 33, was spat at in the face twice by a man as she walked home after a ten-hour shift.
Sama, who works in medicine management at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, was walking to a nearby tram station when she was targeted.
In another incident in Manchester, an NHS worker was punched in the face and left with a fractured cheek.
The man, in his 50s, was badly hurt during an incident at the Salford Royal Infirmary.
Daniel Shevlin, 27, has now pleaded guilty to assault at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court.
The defendant, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody until his sentencing at Manchester Crown Court on April 27.
Thug David Mott, 40, was jailed for 26 weeks after spitting at a police officer and threatening to infect her with coronavirus.
FRONTLINE MEDICS DIE OF COVID-19
Nurses have been warned not to travel in their uniform after being spat at in the street and called "disease spreaders".
The NHS heroes, who are battling coronavirus on the frontline, have also been told to hide their ID badges – after reports of greedy shoppers snatching them for restricted shopping hours.
He collapsed and died after working a 12-hour shift.
Aimee O'Rourke, 38, also sadly passed away after treating patients.
Mum-of-three Ms O'Rourke, 38, died at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, where she worked.
Areema Nasreen, 36, died in the intensive care ward of the hospital where she had worked earlier this week.
Areema, who leaves children aged eight, 10 and 17, qualified as a staff nurse in January last year and worked at Walsall Manor Hospital's acute medical unit.
Five doctors have also died after contracting coronavirus, including 68-year-old Dr Alfa Sa'adu, mental health nurse Thomas Harvey and Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55.
Mr Harvey, 57, had expressed concern about the lack of protective equipment for frontline workers, according to his family.
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