Woman charged after ‘filming inside hospital and claiming pandemic fake’

A woman who allegedly filmed inside a hospital trying to prove the pandemic is false has been charged by police.

Debbie Hicks, of Stratford Road, Stroud, is reportedly alleged to have walked round Gloucestershire Royal Hospital videoing quiet corridors asking "where is the mutant virus?" on December 28 last year.

The hospital responded at the time to say more than 200 people were being treated on Covid wards, according to Metro.

During the eight minute video it's alleged Hicks roamed the buildings saying wards were "shut down" and said the area was "completely dead".

The area was in Tier 3 at the time the alleged incident took place the video reportedly revealed her saying: "We've been put into tier three for this? It's a disgrace. I've seen less than 20 people.

"It's completely dead in an empty hospital with wards shut down and the lights off. Where are all the people dying and where is the mutant virus? I can't see the evidence and neither can the public watching. We've been robbed of Christmas for this."

Hicks, 46, also reportedly hit out when challenged by two other women for not wearing a face mask.

At the time Gloucestershire Royal Hospital released a statement. It said: "We are currently caring for more than 200 patients with Covid-19. This includes many who require treatment in our critical care departments and a further 500-plus non-Covid patients who need our care and expertise."

Hicks has been charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and is due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on March 30.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said: "The charge relates to an incident at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Monday December 28."

Gloucestershire Constabulary has been contacted for further comment.

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