Green Party candidate attacked while canvassing in Sunderland

Green Party candidate, David Lawson, who was attacked while out canvassing for votes in Villette Road.

Green Party candidate, David Lawson, who was attacked while out canvassing for votes in Villette Road.

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A WOULD-BE councillor says he is too scared to leave the house after claiming a gang of youths stole his megaphone and attacked him while he was out campaigning.

David Lawson is standing in Sunderland’s Hendon ward in tomorrow’s local elections for the Green Party.

The 50-year-old was canvassing in the area’s Gray Road on Monday evening when he said he was kicked and punched by three teenagers.

Unemployed Mr Lawson said: “I was out canvassing. I was on Gray Road, when someone asked me which party I was from.

“I said Green Party, then he told me to give him my megaphone.

“As I turned around, three other men came from nowhere, jumped on me and kicked me.

“They all attacked me, so I was knocking on doors asking for help, but no-one would help me.

“They said if they got the police, their windows would go through.”

He was eventually helped by a woman who was getting into her car in the road.

She used her mobile to call the police, who went to the street and spoke to the youths.

They made them give Mr Lawson his megaphone back, but didn’t make any arrests.

Mr Lawson, who has lived in Hendon all his life, considered pulling out of the elections, but has now changed his mind.

However, he has vowed it will be the last time he stands for election.

He added: “I’ve only been with the Green Party for a couple of months.

“I wanted to help the community.”

Mr Lawson praised the police for arriving quickly after his rescuer called 999.

He did not need any medical treatment, but added: “I’m too scared to leave the house on my own.”

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said no further action would be taken against those accused of upsetting Mr Lawton.

She said: “At 6.20pm on Monday night, police were informed that a group of youths had taken a megaphone from a man, while he was in Gray Road in Hendon.

“Officers attended and spoke to the man involved.”

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