Police in the Peak District are investigating after a farmer was attacked by a rambler when he told him to “go home”.
The sheep farmer claims he was punched 15 times and kicked in the ribs after telling the walker that he risked spreading Coronavirus by being out and about.
He said the land around his farm had been inundated with ramblers and tourists since the Covid-19 outbreak and he feared they were putting the lives of the locals at risk.
Details of the incident were revealed on Facebook by Sophie Judge, who shared a message she had received from the farmer.
He wrote: "I am a farmer in Edale I went out at 9 am to feed my sheep on the side of the footpath, I was spraying the gate handles with disinfectant due to the hundreds of people that went through them yesterday.
"I got a very funny look off a man walking and said to him 'there are too many people, here will you please just go home’.
"I have just had to phone the police as my thanks was to be punched about 15 times then kicked in the ribs as I hit the floor.”
The incident occurred on Sunday morning before the national shutdown, but after people had been advised to stay inside to avoid spreading the virus.
Ms Judge, who lives in the Peak District, said "hordes" of people had been visiting the area in recent days, even after the national lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening.
She said tourists and visitors were leaving a “germ footprint”, adding:"It's turning into a war and it shouldn't take a farmer to get beaten up for things to change.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police, said: "The victim was left shaken and bruised, but did not suffer any serious, life-threatening or life-altering injuries.
"The offender was white, aged about 40, with fair hair and glasses. He wore standard walking gear, a hat and a snood.”
All National Park Authority offices, ranger hubs and visitor facilities, including car parks, closed on Tuesday.