Man arrested after Tory election volunteer attacked

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after an election agent for a Conservative parliamentary candidate was attacked while out canvassing.

Councillor Garry Burchett was left with black eyes and a suspected broken nose while delivering leaflets in Ford, in Shropshire on Thursday morning, Tory candidate Daniel Kawczynski said.

Another volunteer was left in tears, he added.

West Mercia Police said officers had arrested a 59-year-old man from Shropshire on suspicion of assault and assault of an emergency worker, and that he remained in custody.

The force said it received a report of the assault at about 10:20 BST on Thursday and they made the arrest two hours later.

Mr Kawczynski said he was not present at the time, but Mr Burchett was just doing his job ahead of next week's election.

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