Threats against police officers and staff will not be tolerated, Police Scotland has warned.

Cops have been engaging with the public, explaining the physical distancing requirements and encouraging people to comply with the law.

However, there have been occasions of frontline policing teams being subjected to abusive behaviour, including threats of deliberate transmission.

More than 100 incidents of coronavirus-related attacks and threats aimed at police were recorded between March 24 and April 18.

Fiona Taylor, deputy chief constable, said: “Police officers and staff are playing a vital role as we all make the changes and sacrifices needed to protect the NHS and save lives. I’d like to thank the vast majority of our communities for their co-operation and support as we all contribute to the national effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

"Those doing the right thing will agree these sorts of attacks on our officers and staff are outrageous and disgraceful. Abuse and assault is not simply part of the job for police officers and staff and will not be tolerated

“The Chief Constable and Lord Advocate have made it clear that those engaging in this behaviour will be dealt with robustly by Scotland’s prosecution service. Threatening a member of Police Scotland personnel, or any other emergency service worker, while they are carrying out their duties to keep the public safe will result in immediate arrest.

“On the occasions where such incidents have occurred we have seen a very supportive approach from Sheriffs across the country and in some instances, offenders have been remanded in custody.”