Man filmed himself throwing used tissues in doctor’s face as she ran in Sheffield

Police in Sheffield are hunting a man who threw used tissues at a doctor and coughed in a man’s face in two separate coronavirus related incidents in the city.

Monday, 27th April 2020, 3:21 pm
Updated Monday, 27th April 2020, 4:03 pm

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they’d like to speak to following the two COVID-19 related incidents in the city centre – including one where an offender is believed to have filmed himself as he threw used tissues in a doctor’s face while she was out for a run.

On Monday 6 April at around 7.45pm, the victim, a woman in her 20s, was running down Division Street when it is reported a man who was unknown to her threw used tissues in her face.

It is thought he filmed the incident on his mobile phone.

Do you recognise the man in the images?
Do you recognise the man in the images?

PC Libby Bettney, investigating, said: “In the current climate, when we’re all trying to keep ourselves and each other safe, this incident was very distressing to the victim.

“Incidentally, the woman who was targeted is a key worker, a doctor, which makes the attack even more disgusting.”

Officers would also like to speak to the man pictured in connection with a second incident on the Wicker in Sheffield on 20 April, in which an unknown offender coughed in a man’s face.

It is thought the man pictured could have information about both incidents and police are urging people to come forward with information.

If you recognise him, please contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 14/59182/20.