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Tory candidate Manton 'glassed' in Belfast bar

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 12/01/2016

Ben Manton with Prime Minister David Cameron
Ben Manton with Prime Minister David Cameron
Ben Manton

A man is being questioned by police after the South Belfast election candidate for the Conservative Party was assaulted at a pub during a night out.

It is understood Ben Manton, who works for restaurateur Michael Deane, was allegedly "glassed" at a Belfast city centre bar in Montgomery Street on Sunday night.

It is thought the 24-year-old had been on a belated Christmas night out with colleagues when he suffered facial and head injuries.

An ambulance service spokesman said its staff received a report at 11.41pm that a man had been assaulted "possibly with a glass".

He was then taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment to cuts to his face and head.

A PSNI spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph a 32-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.

Inspector James Ellson said: "Officers received a report of an assault at the premises at around 11.45pm on Sunday night.

"Upon arrival, a man aged in his 20s was receiving treatment for cuts to his face and head by ambulance staff. He was later taken to hospital for further treatment.

"A 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in custody assisting with police inquiries."

Last night, Northern Ireland Tory party chairman for south Belfast, Ian Craig, said his thoughts were with Mr Manton.

"Ben is an outstanding young man, who is keen to serve his local community," Mr Craig said.

"He is the Conservative candidate for South Belfast at the forthcoming Assembly elections.

"We wish him a speedy recovery."

A Deanes spokesman said: "It has been brought to our attention that there was an incident in a bar in Belfast city centre last night involving two of our off duty employees.

"The matter is currently under police investigation. We will be conducting our own independent investigation of the event to establish if there are any matters arising which could be subject to disciplinary processes. We would make no further comment on individual personnel matters."

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