Police probe assault complaint after woman says she was pushed during March to Leave protest in Sunderland

An investigation is ongoing following a complaint of an assault during the March to Leave protest in Sunderland.

Monday, 18th March 2019, 10:54 am
Updated Monday, 18th March 2019, 12:58 pm
File picture: The alleged assault took place at the March to Leave protest in Sunderland

A woman, 48, has reported the alleged assault to Northumbria Police and said she was pushed in the chest during the protest, which was led by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage ,

It is understood that a video of the alleged assault had been posted on social media but has since been deleted.

A spokesman for the force said: “We can confirm we received a call from a 48-year-old woman reporting that she had been pushed in the chest during a protest in Sunderland on Saturday morning.

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"Inquiries into the incident are ongoing at this time.”

The protest, which started in the city, has been organised by the Leave Means Leave campaign - with the first day of the event ending in Hartlepool.

It was organised in a bid to avert perceived attempts to betray the public over Brexit. It will end in London on March 29.