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Man charged after 'slapping people who sneeze in public'

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A man has been charged with assault after allegedly slapping people who sneeze in public.

Police said they had received a number of complaints from people saying they had been slapped while sneezing in Carlisle city centre in February and March.

The victims were all elderly, ranging in age from 65 to 82.

Stephen Jackson, 49, has now been charged with four counts of assault by beating, one count of common assault and one count of using threatening behaviour to cause harassment, alarm and distress.

He will appear at North Cumbria Magistrates' Court on June 30.

Mother of 'abandoned' girl found by police

Police have traced the mother of a young girl who was found abandoned in a pram outside a house late yesterday.

The child, believed to be aged either two or three, was discovered outside an address in Warwick Road in Carlisle, Cumbria, at about 11pm.

A 41-year-old woman from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect, Cumbria Constabulary said.

Police: We want to reunite this woman with her baby

We are appealing for this woman to get in touch with us. We want to reunite her with her baby, who is safe and well and being care for.

Do you recognise the description of this woman and could help us in finding her?

We appeal to anyone who as any information to get in touch with us, the smallest details may provide a clue to where this woman is.

– Detective Inspector Andy Hill, cumbria police
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