A woman has been charged with common assault after she alleged coughed at security staff and mentioned coronavirus at a shop in Middlesbrough.
Cleveland Police said that Leanne Stapleton, aged 39, has been charged with theft and common assault after the incident in Dundas Arcade.
She is due to appear before Teesside Magistrates Court on Monday 30th March.
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On Thursday the director of public prosecutions said people who deliberately coughed at police officers and emergency services while claiming to have coronavirus could face up to two years in jail.