Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Councillor Arrested for Assault after Camera Row

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Councillor Arrested for Assault after Camera Row

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Byline: John Dunne, Ross Lydall and Michael Howie

TORY councillor Brian Coleman has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a campaigner who helped to get him removed from City Hall.

He was held in police custody after a row with cafe owner Helen Michael who filmed him parking in a loading bay yesterday afternoon.

The Barnet councillor, 51, who spent four years running the London fire brigade for Boris Johnson, has been bailed on suspicion of common assault.

It happened at about 4.20pm yesterday when Mrs Michael, who led a vociferous campaign against parking changes introduced by Mr Coleman, spotted him apparently breaching parking rules as he went to a cash machine opposite her Buzz Cafe in North Finchley. Mrs Michael, 49, said: "I saw him pull up in the loading bay which I thought was outrageous given that he was involved in bringing in parking restrictions here.

"I got my phone and starting filming.

He said 'you can't film me, give me the camera'. …

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