Man charged over allegedly coughing on shoppers

PUBLISHED: 14:04 30 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:07 30 March 2020

The man was arrested at the Co-op in Eye. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The man was arrested at the Co-op in Eye. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


A man who is reported to have coughed over fellow shoppers in a Suffolk supermarket while wearing a face mask has been charged.

Suffolk Constabulary were called at around 11.40am to the Co-op store in Church Street in Eye after receiving reports of a man acting disorderly.

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Jonathan Steele, of Redlingfield Road in Eye, was arrested by police on suspicion of common assault and was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The 34-year-old was charged with causing harassment, alarm or distress used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour.

Steele was also charged with resisting arrest by a police officer.

He will appear before Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on April 10.

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