Police have been forced to go into isolation after arresting a “violent and abusive” woman in Exeter City Centre.
Exeter Police said they were called to a “domestic argument” in the city yesterday, November 26, and the operation involved armed officers, response officers and the proactive team.
A female was taken into custody and on arrival at the station, her parents informed the police she had tested positive for coronavirus and was “within her isolation period”.
As a result, eight officers instantly had to go into self-isolation.
Exeter Police said in a Facebook post: “Yesterday officers attended a reported Domestic argument in the City Centre, on arrival the female party has been violent and abusive requiring detention in custody.
“This has involved officers from Armed response, Response and Proactive team. On arrival at custody, her parents have notified us that she has tested positive for Covid19 and is within her isolation period.
“Eight Exeter officers instantly subject to 8 days isolation and 8 less officers on the ground for the community. This only serves as a reminder that one persons choices impact the whole community and our ability to respond to incidents in a timely fashion.
“We are here to keep people safe and need everyone’s help to minimise us being put into isolation and not able to work.”
There are fines in place for those who breach self-isolation rules, starting at £1,000.
Employers who force or allow staff to come to work when they should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000.