MAN CHARGED AFTER COVID-19 PRANK SENDS POLICE STATION INTO LOCKDOWN

A man has been charged over a dangerous prank, where he allegedly pretended to be infected with COVID-19 and deliberately coughed on a NSW Police employee in Coffs Harbour.

At around 2.30pm yesterday, the man entered Coffs Harbour police station and approached a 71-year-old female general station officer.

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

It forced the station into lockdown as inquiries made regarding the man’s claims.

It was later revealed he did not have the virus.

The 21-year-old was arrested at the station and charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, and resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty.

He’s been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Wednesday 6 May.