Police are appealing for help to trace a teenager who assaulted a north-east healthcare worker by coughing in her face.
The incident happened at around 1.40pm on Friday near Banchory.
The woman was driving along the unclassified road from Inchmarlo Golf Course to Brathens Wood 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 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.
This incident is currently being treated as an assault.
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David Milner, from the Banchory Community Council Resilience Team, said he was disgusted by the incident.
He added: “I’m quite disgusted to hear that an incident like this has happened. There are a great deal of NHS workers working very hard right now and they need help, not hindrance.
“I sincerely hope there are no health implications for the victim.
“I believe it is still under police investigation.”
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 is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 1661 of Friday March 27, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.