Police Scotland officers and staff were subjected to almost 90 coronavirus-related attacks in the first few weeks of lockdown, figures show.
The Scottish Conservatives, who obtained the data, said it was “abhorrent” key workers had suffered the assaults.
The party’s justice spokesman Liam Kerr further branded the attacks “completely unacceptable”.
Police Scotland revealed its officers and other staff members were subjected to 265 assaults in the period March 24 to April 30.
Theses included 89 attacks classed as coronavirus-related, where officers were, for example, coughed or spat on.
In response to a freedom of information request, the force revealed a study was carried out analysing crimes between the two dates.
It said: “The results of this exercise identified 265 crimes of assault of an emergency worker where the victim was a Police Scotland officer or staff member – 89 of which were identified to be Covid-19 related.”
Mr Kerr said: “These assaults on police officers are completely unacceptable and the SNP Government must condemn them in the strongest possible terms.
“Our emergency services have been at the forefront of the Covid response and they have jeopardised their own safety in the process.
“There can be no reason or excuse for attacking these officers who deserve nothing but our gratitude.
“The fact that 90 of these offences were Covid-related is particularly abhorrent.”
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “No-one should be the victim of abuse or violence while at work. Assaults on police officers are despicable and courts have extensive powers to deal robustly with perpetrators.
“We continue to encourage all organisations to support staff who experience violence in the workplace, including reporting incidents to the police for action to be taken.”
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