A MAN has been arrested in Harrogate on suspicion of racially-aggravated abuse and biting and spitting at police officers after claiming he had Covid-19.

The incident occurred at a store on Railway Road between 5pm and 5.20pm last Thursday.

It was initially reported to police that the 32-year-old Bradford man was being abusive and threatening towards customers and staff.

Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Roads Policing Group were alerted to the scene to assist.

The man allegedly resisted arrest after saying he had coronavirus.

The officers reported that they had been spat at and one received a bite to a hand which required medical treatment.

The man remains in police custody for questioning while police enquiries continue.

Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room