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27/03/2015 12:19 GMT | Updated 27/03/2015 12:59 GMT

Arrest For Man Who Slapped Elderly People For Sneezing In Public

Police have arrested a man over a string of assaults on elderly victims who had sneezed in public.

Five women and one man complained to police that they had been slapped while sneezing in Carlisle city centre.

The incidents involving victims aged from 65 to 82 took place over the last month.

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A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "Police in Carlisle have arrested a man in connection with assaults that occurred in the city centre on elderly members of the public who had sneezed.

"A 49-year-old man from Carlisle was arrested in connection with the assaults today and is currently helping officers with their inquiries."

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