Banburyshire man charged with assault in connection to coronavirus coughing incident

Thames Valley Police have charged a Banburyshire man with assault on an emergency worker in connection to the coughing in an officer's face while claiming to have coronavirus.
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The incident started after TVP Cherwell officers responded to a reports of a wanted male from Banbury and subsequently located and arrested him.

The man wanted by police coughed in an officer's face and claimed to be suffering from Covid-19 (coronavirus).

After consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service a 27-year-old from the village of Mollington near Banbury has been charged with assault on an emergency worker.

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He will be remanded in custody and appear in court on Monday.

TVP Cherwell said the following on Facebook: "Actions like this will not be tolerated and we thank the CPS for their support and charge in this matter."

Thames Valley Police Cherwell had just issued a warning message on social media after getting reports of incidents within the area where people have deliberately coughed or spat at others while claiming to have Covid-19.

Police said any such incident reported will be fully investigated and the full support of the Crown Prosecution Service will be sought for the maximum appropriate sentence.