One of the men involved in the intimidation of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in Slough on Monday has been charged with two offences by Thames Valley Police.
The officer was verbally abused by the group after he tried to engage with them about the coronavirus regulations which prevent them from gathering in Godolphin Playing Fields, where they were playing cricket.
A video of the incident was published across social media earlier in the week, which also showed the PCSO having his bicycle taken away from him.
Hassan Ali, aged 23, of Spackmans Way, Slough, has been charged with a Section 4a public order offence and one count of taking a bicycle without consent following his arrest yesterday.
He is currently on bail, and is due to appear before Reading Magistrates’ Court on 4 June.
At the time of the incident, Superintendent Gavin Wongs said: “The behaviour displayed against my officer will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police and we are investigating this incident fully.
“We are fully committed to supporting the fight against the coronavirus in order to save lives, and we need to remember that officers on the front line put themselves at risk in order to do that.
“I know the local community will be embarrassed by the actions of a small number of people because the vast majority of people understand what is required and have complied with the rules around Coronavirus. I am grateful that the PCSO was not injured and he is being supported by the force. He showed professionalism and great constraint during the incident.
“Thames Valley Police and our officers are out in the community engaging and encouraging people to stay at home to protect the lives of everyone from the spread of Coronavirus. The behaviour shown towards our PCSO is completely unacceptable. He is being supported by the force.”
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