A BURY woman who coughed at a police officer - while she was being arrested for causing criminal damage - has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Police were in the process of arresting Sarah Louise Richardson, 21, after reports two cars had been damaged on separate occasions, Manchester magistrates heard.

But while a police constable was dealing with Richardson, she coughed in his direction, the court was told.

Richardson, of Collen Crescent, was arrested after the incident last Saturday night.

And when she appeared in court she pleaded guilty to assault, as well as two offences of criminal damage.

One dates back to October 10 last year, when she caused damage totalling £1,500 to a Ford Mondeo belonging to David Lomas.

The other saw her cause damage to another car, belonging to Stephen Wilson, valued at £250.

Richardson was given a 22-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Magistrates also ordered her to pay £50 compensation to the police officer and £75 compensation to Mr Lomas.

Police chiefs have condemned people who deliberately cough at officers during the coronavirus pandemic.