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TV builder Tommy Walsh arrested after confronting men 'urinating in a garden"

Published 01/02/2016

TV builder Tommy Walsh was arrested after confronting two men he said urinated in a neighbour's garden
TV builder Tommy Walsh was arrested after confronting two men he said urinated in a neighbour's garden

TV personality and builder Tommy Walsh was arrested and spent a night in custody after a confrontation with two men he said he had found urinating in a neighbour's garden.

Walsh has appeared as a builder in a number of television shows, including BBC garden makeover programme Ground Force - alongside Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock.

According to reports, the 58-year-old was with his son Jonjo, 28, after the pair had gone to a local pub in east London on Friday evening. Walsh then had an "altercation" with the men.

A police spokesman told the Press Association: "Police were called to Lauriston Road, E9 at 23.00hrs on Friday 29 January following reports of a fight.

"Officers attended and found a man in his 30s suffering from an ear injury following an altercation with two men. He was taken to hospital for a check-up but was not seriously injured.

"One man aged in his 50s was later arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and taken to a local police station for questioning.

"He has since been bailed to a date in mid-March. I nquiries are ongoing."

Walsh told The Mail on Sunday: "I saw them as I was coming home and I said, that's bang out of order. It's disgusting. My neighbour's kids play in that garden."

He said the men " came out into the street at me aggressively ".

Walsh explained: " I felt threatened and there was an altercation. It was just handbags and pulling shirts and things, nothing really.

"It was over really quickly - no punching or kicking or anything. Afterwards one of the guys was bleeding a bit so I brought him into my house and got him a plaster for his ear.

"He was all apologetic at first but then he started to get aggressive again so I ushered him out of the door."

Walsh said that 20 minutes later, the police arrived to arrest him as the man had complained.

" I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a joke," he said.

He added: " The police were very polite and understanding but they have procedures to follow. But you can't have people urinating in front gardens - it's immoral. There is a public loo in the park 250 yards away."

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