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Man jailed after spitting in face of Burwell supermarket staff while claiming to have Covid-19

A homeless man has been jailed after spitting in the face of staff at a Burwell supermarket while telling them he had coronavirus.

On Sunday Benjamin Seaton barged his way into the North Street Co-op during its priority hour for NHS staff and vulnerable customers.

Once inside the 30 year old told stunned staff he was allowed to go into the supermarket because he worked in the health service, as did his mother.

Burwell's North Street Co-op Picture: Google Maps (33485016)
Burwell's North Street Co-op Picture: Google Maps (33485016)

He then continued a tirade of abuse towards staff at the essential store.

Steve Smith, manager at the store, said: "He got in my face a few times. He spat in my face and in my mouth saying 'I have Covid-19. You are going to die'."

During the incident Seaton punched staff, spat at police officers, and threw bottles around.

Appearing at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court yesterday, Seaton pleaded guilty to ten charges.

He admitted six counts of assault by beating, to stealing beer, to breeching a restraining order, and to two counts of damaging property.

Seaton has been jailed for 26 weeks.

Mr Smith, branch manager, praised the response of Cambridgeshire Police. "I couldn't thank them enough," he said. "They were here from all over the county within minutes."

He also thanked his staff and neighbours for helping during the "horrible" ordeal.