A Brexit Party election candidate has released a video he says shows him being hit and abused during a Leavers of Britain meeting
Darcy Iveson-Berkeley claims he was at a meeting of Brexit supporters at a Southport pub when he was approached by “confrontational and rude” man who had sat down opposite them.
“He started playing the European anthem then started hurling abuse.
“Apparently, I’m a ‘fake c-word’, a racist and a bigot. I find that quite funny considering I’m mixed race and gay.”
The video appears to show a scuffle between the unidentified man and Mr Iveson-Berkeley, who claims he was “struck” by the man.
The candidate told talkRADIO: “This is not something I have ever experienced before. I was left feeling very shocked, the outcome could have been a lot worse".
He added he contacted the police about the incident and they are investigating.
He said it was the first time he had attended a Leavers of Britain meeting, which describes itself as “a nationwide community of Leave supporters, meeting up across the country for a chat and a pint/coffee”.
Merseyside Police have confirmed they are investigating reports of a racially aggravated assault.
The force said: "It was reported that at around 9.10pm, a 19-year-old man was racially abused by a man in the Willow Grove Wetherspoons, Lord Street, before he was struck to the chest.
"The victim sustained no injuries and CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances."
Meanwhile, police have advised election candidates against campaigning alone after some MPs voiced concerns about physical violence during the campaign.
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