Portsmouth Man Charged After Allegedly Coughing At A Police Officer
Hampshire Police have charged a man after he allegedly coughed at a police officer while claiming to have COVID-19.
Joe Field, 25, of Westerham Close in Portsmouth, has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage and assault by beating.
The incident happened after police were called to an incident on Allaway Avenue, Portsmouth at around 22:53 hours on Friday 24th April.
Hampshire Police are supporting the officer involved, and it is not known if the accused had COVID-19 at the time of the incident.
Magistrates have come down hard on anyone convicted of coughing on an emergency/essential worker while claiming to have COVID-19, with jail terms of six months typically being handed down to anyone found guilty of such a deliberate act.
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