Man charged with assault after allegedly spitting at a key worker in York

The man will appear at York Magistrates' Court. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Police have charged a man with assault after a key worker was spat at in York.

The 29 year-old is suspected of spitting at a member of shop staff and making comments to him about getting coronavirus at around 7pm on Sunday (29 March).

Tesco Express on Low Ousegate, York. Photograph © Google Street View

It happened at the Tesco Extra on Low Ousegate.

Officers were immediately deployed to the shop and a man was arrested shortly after.

Following questioning in custody, the man was charged with assault and is due to appear at York Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 7 May.

He has been released on conditional bail until his court appearance.

Retailers ‘doing amazing job’

North Yorkshire Police’s Chief Inspector Fee Willey of York and Selby Command said:

  • Our colleagues in the retail sector are doing such an amazing job working to support our communities during this challenging time.

    We’re committed to supporting all key workers and anyone suspected of jeopardising their safety will be dealt with.