A man has been convicted in court after spitting on a traffic cop in Epsom at the start of the pandemic.

Surrey Police say Mark Luff, 26, of Compton Crescent, Chessington, verbally attacked a traffic officer and spat at him as he was given a ticket after parking illegally on Longmead Road on August 13 2020 – a time when Covid presented an increased risk due to vaccines not yet being rolled out.

Surrey Police posted the court’s outcome on one of their Facebook pages, condemning their actions.

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Luff was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Friday February 18 and given 200 hours of community service; he must also undertake rehabilitation activity and pay a victim surcharge of £95.

Epsom Borough Commander Jon Vale said: ‘This was a particularly nasty assault on a traffic cop who was abused and spat in the face as he was simply trying to do his work.

“I hope this result shows people that we take hate crime reports seriously and that they will be followed up.”

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