Assault by spitting

Sadly the arrival of COVID 19 has given rise to a new type of assault. Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after a spitting incident in Taunton. It was caught on CCTV cameras at approximately 3pm on Monday, 18 May at Morrisons supermarket on Deller’s Wharf.

The victim, a woman in her 30s was coughed and spat at by a man claiming to have Covid-19.

We’re treating the incident as a hate crime due to the verbal abuse the man also directed at her.

The offender is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall with a long beard and blonde hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a NASA logo on and red sunglasses.

If you recognise the man in the CCTV images, or have any other information which could help us, please call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5220107675.

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