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Saturday 20 January 2018

Aintree racegoer quizzed over pensioner attack

David Kearns

A man is being questioned by UK police over an alleged assault after a video emerged online of an Aintree racegoer appearing to deliberately knock an elderly man to the ground.

In the video, the victim, who suffered injuries to his face, is pushed to the ground by a passer-by as another man records the incident, sniggering uncontrollably from behind his phone.

Onlookers gasp in shock at the unprovoked attack and can be seen rushing to the man's aid before calling for an ambulance.   

Meanwhile, the suited racegoer paces back and forth for a few moments before quickly leaving the scene.

The incident was is believed to have been captured on a mobile phone by a friend of the attacker, as shouts to him "text bomb" and "is there any need?" moments before the attack.

Officers investigating the video, believed to have been taken outside the racecourse where 150,000 visitors turned out for the Grand National, said they were questioning a man after he had “voluntarily attended a local police station.”

“The  incident is being treated as assault and officers are speaking to several people believed to have further information that could help the investigation," said a Merseyside Police spokesperson.

Adding: “[We] would like  to thanked visitors for making the annual race such a safe and enjoyable occasion”.

No arrests were made inside the ground over the three days.

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