Man arrested in Leicester on suspicion of coughing at security guard

A man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately coughing at a shop security guard after he was refused service because staff believed he was drunk.

The incident is said to have happened in a shop in Leicester city centre – as people across the UK are being told to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus .

Sgt Joe Postlethwaite, of city centre police, posted on Twitter this morning: “Drunk male refused service at local store.

“Thinks it okay to cough in security guard’s face deliberately to cause panic.

“Promptly educated with a set of handcuffs and arrested on suspicion of public order.”

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Yesterday, chief constable Simon Cole said his Leicestershire Police officers are working around the clock to keep people safe throughout the crisis.

Mr Cole urged people to follow the latest guidelines and added: “While coronavirus presents us with an unprecedented challenge, I wanted to reassure you that our commitment to protect our communities hasn’t changed.”

Police have powers to order people to disperse and those who ignore the rules can be fined up to £2,500 , the Government has announced.

Source – Leicester Mercury

 

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