Police investigate assault claim at Slay the Array meeting


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The 59-year-old victim was allegedly punched and kicked after being removed from the Slay the Array meeting.

POLICE are investigating a claim of assault during a Slay the Array meeting at the Park Hotel on Saturday.

The meeting followed a protest march through the town as campaigners showed their objections to the giant Atlantic Array wind farm.

But during the meeting, at around 12.30pm, a 59-year-old supporter of the Array plans was ejected after asking numerous questions.

Police said the man, who suffered a swollen right leg and bruising, called the police yesterday (Tues) alleging he was forcibly removed by a man described as the main suspect.

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It was then alleged that the man proceeded to punch and kick the victim, while being encouraged by four other suspects who joined him.

The victim was treated after the incidents by paramedics.

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A police spokesman described the main suspect as a man in his 30s – 40s; around 5ft 9 inches and of average build.

He is said to have short black hair, was clean shaven and was wearing a purple jacket with a UKIP badge.

A second offender was described as being in his 60s or 70s, around 5ft 8 inches and of stocky build.

He was said to be wearing a beige jacket and trousers with silver hair and a large silver-white moustache.

Police said the investigation was still in the early stages and they were following up lines of enquiry.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 anonymously quoting reference CB/13/2624.

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