POLICE have charged a 43-year-old man with assault after his alleged drunken and abusive behaviour at Barnsley Hospital.

The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning when paramedics brought the drunken man into A&E for observations.

As a healthcare assistant was trying to examine him, he allegedly lashed out twice, hitting the assistant on the arm. He then continued to be abusive and aggressive towards staff in the A&E department, in full view of other sick and injured people.

Police officers were called and the man was arrested after he continued to abuse officers and staff at the hospital.

He was later charged with assault and is due to appear at Barnsley Magistrates' Court on July 9.