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Man Arrested After Coughing In The Face Of Officer

19th January 2021
News, Ashfield

A man has been arrested after deliberately coughing in the face of a police officer whilst on the way to custody.

Officers were swiftly on the scene last night to a report of a domestic incident where a man had assaulted two woman and a neighbour.

The man was arrested for these offences, as well as a woman who hit an officers arm. 

Whilst the man was being transported to custody, he was further arrested for assaulting an emergency working after coughing deliberately.  

 

Police Sergeant Lee Mulligan is leading the investigation. He said: "It's never acceptable for our officers and fellow emergency workers who are serving on the front line and protecting our communities to be threatened or coughed on in these difficult times.

“It can be a source of great anxiety for an emergency worker and their family if they are coughed at by someone claiming to have covid-19. It’s beyond belief that someone could intentionally cause this anxiety at a time when key workers are selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way to serve the public.

"That makes this behaviour all the more appalling and we will continue to take the strongest action possible against anyone who behaves in this way and place them before the courts at the earliest opportunity.

"Officers called to Oak Street in Sutton-in-Ashfield at around 9.20pm following a report of a domestic incident.

"A man aged 20 and a woman aged 18 were arrested on suspicion of assault and remain in police custody."


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