Man charged with assault after York key worker spat at in midst of virus crisis

A man has been charged with assault after a key worker was spat at in York by someone who made veiled threats over contracting coronavirus.

Police have stressed they are committed to supporting all key workers.

The incident happened at a shop in the city at 7pm on Sunday night, with police immediately called to the scene and a man arrested shortly after.

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After being questioned in custody, the 29-year-old suspect was charged with assault and released on bail until a court appearance on May 7.

“Our colleagues in the retail sector are doing such an amazing job working to support our communities during this challenging time," said Chief Insp Fee Willey of North Yorkshire Police.

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