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Friday, 27 November 2020

Man charged with assaulting four police officers after ‘coughing’ at them

It was reported he then coughed at an officer, stating he had covid-19. He also punched an officer whilst in the custody suite. 

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A 45-year-old man has been charged after reportedly assaulting four Nottinghamshire Police officers in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Officers were swiftly on the scene at Whitwell Close in Broxtowe just after midnight following a report of a man making a disturbance.

They found a man making loud noises in the garden, before they had objects thrown at them. The man started to become aggressive, before hiding in the shed outside the address.

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The man was arrested and taken into custody.

It was reported he then coughed at an officer, stating he had Covid-19. He also punched an officer whilst in the custody suite.

Inspector Mark Stanley, of Nottinghamshire Police’s City Prisoner Handling Team, 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.”

Mark Wright of Whitwell Close in Broxtowe has been charged with five counts of assaulting an emergency worker and possession of cannabis. He has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 23 October 2020).