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Shocking moment Asda shopper is wrestled to the floor before ‘coughing and spitting’ on staff

SHOCKING footage shows the moment an Asda shopper is wrestled to the floor before allegedly coughing and spitting on staff while claiming to have coronavirus.

The incident was filmed outside a branch of the supermarket in Greenhithe, Kent at around 6.10pm on Tuesday.

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Video shows the shopper talking to a member of store security before raising his hand towards the man's face while holding something.

The guard grabs at the object and the two begin to tussle.

The shopper is then tackled to the ground as other members of staff rush to help.

He is then restrained on the floor as he continues to scream and shout at staff.

Witnesses said he also began coughing and spitting at staff while claiming to be infected with coronavirus.

A 32-year-old man of no fixed address was reportedly arrested on suspicion of two assaults and one racially aggravated public order offence.

Speaking to KentOnline, one witness said:"[The shopper] kept on and swearing and trying to punch and kick both staff, landed a few punches and kicks until he broke his sunglasses and threw them on the floor and freaked out."

"At one point they were right beside my car and my daughter was petrified.

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"She didn’t speak for over an hour until her mum got back to the car with the shopping and knew she was safe from this situation.

"I hope he gets some jail time. It's totally unacceptable behaviour and idiots like that will get the whole country put on full lockdown."

The man was reportedly held in custody until Wednesday before being bailed until May 7.

In a statement to KentOnline, an Asda spokesperson said: "We do not tolerate any form of abuse or violence towards our colleagues and we will work with the police in their inquiries.’’
The coronavirus has so far infected at least 60,000 people and killed more than 7,000 in the UK.

Lockdown measures are currently in place to help slow the spread of the virus, but do not apply to certain workers in essential sectors like food and health.

Recent weeks have seen reports of numerous key workers dying after contracting the virus while working through the pandemic.

Footage last week also showed three yobs intimidating a postman and kicking his van after he told them off for ignoring lockdown measures.

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