Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

Man ‘coughed in Tesco worker’s face’ amid coronavirus fears

The incident is said to have happened at a Tesco petrol station at Kingston Park, Newcastle (Picture: Google)

Police have launched a hunt for a man who ‘coughed in a Tesco worker’s face’ before ‘spitting at a customer’, as coronavirus fears are heightened across the country.

Officers were called to a Tesco petrol station at Kingston Park, Newcastle, after it was reported that a customer had coughed at a staff member shortly before 10am on Saturday.

When another customer stepped in to help the worker, the man is said to have become ‘aggressive’ and spat in their direction.

Northumbria Police is now investigating a case of common assault.

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A Tesco spokesperson said the company would not tolerate shoppers being abusive.

They added: ’We ask that everyone is respectful to our colleagues, who are doing a fantastic job and working hard to help customers and keep our stores stocked during an extremely busy time.’

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: ‘It was reported that shortly before 10am, a man coughed in the face of a staff member.

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‘When confronted by a customer, the man began acting aggressively and proceeded to spit in the direction of the member of the public.’

The force asked anyone with information to contact them via the Tell Us Something section of the Northumbria Police website.

It comes after three teenagers were arrested after they allegedly coughed at an elderly couple, resulting in an altercation on a street in Hitchin, North Hertfordshire.

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