Labour supporter "attacked" while canvassing in Hellaby

Labour supporter "attacked" while canvassing in Hellaby

By Michael Upton | 25/11/2019

Labour supporter 'attacked' while canvassing in Hellaby
Sophie Wilson (centre right) canvassing with supporters yesterday.

A MAN has been arrested after a Labour canvasser was reportedly attacked while out canvassing in Rotherham yesterday.

Local party chair Sarah Grant said the party supporter was in Parkstone Crescent, Hellaby, canvassing for support for candidate Sophie Wilson when he was assaulted, leaving him needing hospital treatment.

Ms Grant tweeted last night: “My 72-year- old comrade, who has a walking stick, was assaulted today door knocking in Hellaby in the Rother Valley constituency by an anti-Labour kn*bhead.  

“He is currently at Rotherham District General Hospital under going treatment for facial injuries.”

Whiston parish councillor Tony Griffin said today: “I’m pleased to report that the victim is home from hospital, bruised and with damaged teeth, but determined to be out canvassing again tomorrow.

“Such spirit. Let cowards flinch, but we’ll keep the red flag flying.”

A police spokeswoman said the victim had been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw.

She added: “A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He remains in police custody.”

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