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Man accused of slapping sneezers

A man has appeared in court accused of committing a string of assaults on people after they sneezed.

Stephen Jackson (49), from Carlisle, Wales, entered not guilty pleas at Carlisle Magistrates' Court to allegations he assaulted 11 women, one man and a child between October 2014 and March this year.

Seven of the assaults were said to have taken place in March and four in February.

All the offences were said to have been committed in Carlisle, with several understood to involve mostly elderly people being slapped on the head.