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Police investigating attack on left-wing political commentator Owen Jones and five friends outside London pub arrest three men

  • Left-wing commentator Owen Jones attacked in Islington while out with friends
  • Guardian columnist said he was kicked in the head after leaving a London pub 
  • Police confirmed that they today arrested three men, aged 39, 34 and 29, on suspicion of violent disorder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm

Three people have been arrested after Owen Jones was allegedly attacked outside a pub in Islington.    

The left-wing political commentator said he was approached outside The Lexington on Pentonville Road, north London, on August 17.

Jones said he was the victim of a ‘blatant premeditated assault’ when he was kicked in the head while out celebrating his 35th birthday with friends.

The Metropolitan Police today confirmed that three men aged 39, 34 and 29 were today arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after they attended a police station, and all three remain in custody.

Left-wing political commentator Owen Jones said he was attacked in what he called a ‘blatant premeditated assault’

A spokesman said: ‘Detectives investigating an assault in Islington have arrested three people.

‘A man, in his 30s, was approached outside The Lexington public house on Pentonville Road at around 2am on Saturday August 17th.

‘The man was assaulted by four male suspects. When the victim’s friends attempted to intervene, they were also assaulted.

‘None of those injured required hospital treatment or London Ambulance Service.

‘Three men aged 39, 34 and 29 were arrested today after they attended a north London police station.

Owen Jones said he was approached outside The Lexington on Pentonville Road on August 17

Owen Jones said he was approached outside The Lexington on Pentonville Road on August 17

The Guardian columnist said he was kicked in the head after leaving a pub with friends and being followed by a gang in London at about 2am. He tweeted about the incident, above

The Guardian columnist said he was kicked in the head after leaving a pub with friends and being followed by a gang in London at about 2am. He tweeted about the incident, above

‘All three were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. All three remain in custody.’

Jones had been assaulted by four male suspects, police said. 

When Jones’ friends attempted to intervene, they were also attacked, it was said. 

The Guardian columnist said he was kicked in the head after leaving a pub with friends

The Guardian columnist said he was kicked in the head after leaving a pub with friends

The Guardian columnist said he was kicked in the head after leaving a pub with friends and being followed by a gang in London at about 2am.

‘Six of us left the pub… and were saying our goodbyes 30 metres away, then a group of 3-4 men left the pub, made a beeline for me, kicked me in the back, threw me on the ground, slamming my head, and kicked me in the skull,’ he wrote on Twitter. 

‘My friends were punched trying to defend me. The group then scarpered. I’m fine other than a big bump on my head and a cut back.’

Mr Jones, 35, a prominent anti-Brexiteer, added: ‘Given the far right attacks I’ve had in the streets, and generally escalating far right threats I’ve had, I’m in no doubt as to what this is.’

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: ‘Shocking to hear about this attack.’ 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had tweeted: ‘I send my solidarity to Owen Jones and his friends who were attacked last night.

‘Owen believes it was politically motivated, and we know the far right is on the march in our country.

‘An attack on a journalist is an attack on free speech and our fundamental values.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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