Police are appealing for information after a teenager assaulted a healthcare worker by coughing on her as she travelled home.
The incident happened around 1.40pm on Friday afternoon, when the woman was driving along an unclassified road from Inchmarlo Golf Course to Brathens Wood in Banchory when she saw someone sitting on the ground waving to attract her attention.
The youth moved towards her when she stopped her car and coughed directly in her face, telling her that she would now get coronavirus. He then ran off into the woods laughing, where he is believed to have joined a group of other youths.
The suspect is described as aged between 13 and 16-years-old, slim build, about 5ft 6ins with a local accent. He was wearing a light grey hoodie, a black jacket and black or dark blue joggers.
Officers are treating the incident as assault.
Sergeant Garry Garrow, of Banchory Police Station, said: “This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It left the woman distressed and fearful.
“I am appealing to anyone who saw what happened to get in touch, particularly if they saw this youth before or after the assault, or know who he is.
“I would also ask parents to remind their children that this kind of behaviour is more than just a prank, it can cause genuine fear and increased anxiety in the current climate.
“Officers will not tolerate anyone behaving like this and take robust action to find those responsible.”
Anyone with information that can assist with inquiries are asked to call police on 101.