Federal candidate threatens legal action over arrest

FIRST ON 7: A candidate in next month’s federal election is threatening legal action against police claiming he has been unfairly targetted after he was arrested and released without charge.

Independent candidate Mark Aldridge said police showed up on his doorstop around 8am yesterday without a warrant.

Using his secret camera watch, Mr Aldridge said he documented what happened inside the Elizabeth police station.

“Bruised and battered to be honest, and pretty horrific and scary experience for sure,” Mr Aldridge told 7News.

He said he was only then given a warrant for his arrest, asking for a DNA sample in relation to alleged breaches of his firearm licence.

But after six hours in custody, he was released without giving a sample and without being charged.

Mr Aldridge is running as an independent in the seat of Wakefield, in Adelaide’s north.

He said he was arrested on different matters while campaigning in 2010.

“I’m not really sure what this is about, and the timing didn’t seem very appropriate,” Mr Aldridge said.

“I’ll definitely be taking action against the police for putting me in custody for no reason.

“This will be going to court and I’ll fight this all the way, and they can keep trying to intimidate me if they like, and I will keep fighting back.”

His lawyer Greg Morcom said: “This is just another example of the police having no respect for my client’s and indeed the public’s civil liberties in general.”

Police refused to answer questions from 7News about the incident, instead suggesting if Mr Aldridge has a problem then he should take it to the police ombudsman.