Man charged after coughing on police officer whilst claiming to have Coronavirus

A man is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates court after he coughed at a police officer while claiming to have coronavirus

Mateusz Rejewski, 33, of no fixed abode, has been charged with one count of common assault on an emergency service worker and one count of breaching a dispersal notice.

It happened on Thursday [26 March 2020] in Picadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre, where police were trying to arrest a man for breaching a section 35 dispersal order.

The man then proceeded to cough at the detaining officer while claiming he had got coronavirus.

The officer has since been self-isolating as a precaution.




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