A 54 year-old man from Bangor has been charged after he swore and spat at hospital staff and police officers at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Emergency Department. He will appear before magistrates in Caernarfon on Tuesday 12 February.

Police arrested the man on Sunday morning, after he continually swore and spat at nursing staff in the department.

After his arrest the man continued to spit at police officers, who described the incident as unbelievable and totally unacceptable behaviour.

Under a new law, which came into effect last November, those who attack police, paramedics, fire fighters, nurses and other blue light workers will face tougher sentences.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act creates a new aggravated offence of an assault against a member of the emergency services and doubles the maximum sentence for these cowardly and despicable acts from six to 12 months.

Gary Doherty, Chief Executive at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, commented on the new law when it was passed in November 2018, Mr Doherty said: “Our staff work extremely hard to care for and treat every patient who comes through our doors and it is unacceptable for them to be subjected to violent or aggressive behaviour.

“We take violence against our staff very seriously and we welcome this new legislation, which will see offenders who assault Health Board staff receiving tougher sentences.”