Friday, 16 Apr 2021

Asda shopper punched for asking woman not to touch items

A man was punched in the face after asking a woman not to touch stuff she wasn’t going to buy in Asda. 

The victim, 38, challenged the woman in the Whitmore Reans branch of the supermarket in Wolverhampton. 

He politely asked her to stop handling goods because of the risk of spreading coronavirus to other shoppers. 

The man was then punched by another man, thought to have been the woman’s friend or partner. 

West Midlands Police has released a picture of a man they wish to speak too in connection with what happened. 

The police appeal shows a CCTV image of a man – who is not wearing a mask – entering the store before the incident.

A West Midlands Police statement said: ‘We’re appealing for information after a man was assaulted after politely asking a woman not to touch items she wasn’t going to buy in Asda, Whitmore Reans. 

‘The 38-year-old was verbally abused and punched in the face by a man wearing a blue gilet. We believe the man responsible for the assault is the woman’s friend or partner.

‘It happened at the Jack Hayward Way store just before 2.30pm on 21 December. The victim sustained cuts to his face and significant bruises, but did not require hospital treatment. 

‘As part of our investigation we’ve released CCTV images of the suspect, and we’re asking for your help to identify him.’

Anyone with information should call 101. 

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