Thursday 18 January 2018

Four bailed as police investigate weighing room assault on jockey Aidan Coleman

Cork jockey Aidan Coleman
Cork jockey Aidan Coleman

Rachael Burnett and Richard Vernalls, Press Association

FOUR people arrested over an assault on jockey Aidan Coleman in the weighing room have been bailed.

Coleman is said to have suffered "minor injuries" in the attack after the last race at Southwell racecourse, Nottinghamshire.

Two men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage and a second woman arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.

In a brief statement, Nottinghamshire Police said all four had now been released on bail while the investigation continues.

Fellow rider Paul Moloney, who witnessed the incident, said: "When I came into the weighing room after the last, there were these two blokes there."

He told The Guardian that Coleman was "shaken" but not seriously injured and did not think he had been singled out deliberately.

"I don't think these guys knew anything much about racing," he said.

Coleman is reported to have sustained a bloody nose and chipped teeth.

"The people at fault are the two that got into the jockeys' changing room, and the only comment I would make is to question why they were still on racecourse in the state they were," he said earlier.

"Southwell have announced that they are beefing up security so from my perspective it's over, though of course the police investigation will continue so I wouldn't have any more to say about it anyway.

"Us jumps jockeys are a tough bunch and a slap from a drunk wouldn't be enough to stop us going back to work the next day."

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: "Four people have been arrested following an assault at Southwell racecourse this afternoon.

"Officers were called at 5.23pm to reports of a man being assaulted in the weighing room.

"They attended and arrested two men and one woman on suspicion of assault and criminal damage, and another woman for obstructing police.

"The victim sustained minor injuries.

"If you saw anything please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 651 on the incident of September 29."

The incident took place in the weighing room at 5.10pm on Tuesday after Coleman finished last on Sawwala during the final race.

Southwell stewards said two racegoers gained entry to the jockeys' changing room.

A stewards' report said: "The stewards held an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding an incident which occurred after the last race in the jockeys' changing rooms after two members of the public gained access, and during which a jockey sustained minor injuries.

"They interviewed jockeys Aidan Coleman, Adam Pogson and Tom Scudamore, two of the jockeys' valets, a racecourse medical officer, the clerk of the course and two members of the racecourse executive.

"Having heard their evidence, the stewards passed the matter to the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) for further consideration."

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