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Man in court following incident at chemist - Jesmond

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 11:34:02 PM

A man will face court tomorrow after he was charged following an incident at a chemist near Newcastle last week.

Just before 5pm on Friday 20 August 2021, a man attended a chemist in Blue Gum Road, Jesmond to obtain a vaccination.

The man was initially refused entry as he was not wearing a mask and returned a short time later with an appropriate face covering.

As staff began inquiring about his details for the vaccination, he allegedly became verbally aggressive towards staff.

The man was asked to leave the store and as he was exiting, he picked up a plastic bag of glass bottles and allegedly began swinging them towards staff and customers, before finally leaving.

The incident was reported to police and an investigation commenced by officers attached to Newcastle City Police District.

Today, (Wednesday 25 August 2021), the 54-year-old man was arrested at a house in Jesmond and taken to Waratah Police Station.

He was charged with affray and failing to comply with public health order – not wear face covering.

He was refused bail and will appear in Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 26 August 2021).