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Man accused of deliberately coughing at police officer

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A MAN accused of deliberately coughing at a police officer during COVID-19 lockdown in a Cumbrian village has appeared in court.

Ralph Brook, 46, faces one charge which arises out of an incident in Brough, near Kirkby Stephen, on Friday, 1st May.

This charge alleges the common assault of an emergency worker, police officer Ian Parsons, who was said to be acting in the exercise of his functions of such a worker at the time.

Brook appeared over a video link at North and West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Carlisle this morning (FRI), when he was represented by solicitor John Greenwood.

During a brief hearing in front of District Judge Gerald Chalk, Brook entered no plea to the allegation.

His case was committed to Carlisle Crown Court. Brook, of Swindale Cottage, Brough, is due to appear there in front of a judge on 10th July.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody by District Judge Chalk.

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