A man has been charged with two counts of assault on an emergency worker after they were coughed on by someone who claimed to have Coronavirus.


Luke Smith, 27, of Windsor Road, West Mersea, was arrested on Wednesday 23rd March after officers were called to a disturbance in Catchpool Road, Colchester, at 6pm.


Smith was initially arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs.


He has also charged with breach of a restraining order and possession of a Class B drug.


He will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Tuesday 31st March.


Officers involved in the incident have taken the appropriate precautions in line with force and national guidance.

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