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Racegoer quizzed over OAP assault

Published 12/04/2015

An elderly man was filmed being attacked by a Grand National racegoer outside the Aintree course
An elderly man was filmed being attacked by a Grand National racegoer outside the Aintree course

A man has been questioned by police after a video emerged online of an Aintree racegoer appearing to deliberately knock a man to the ground .

In the video, onlookers can be heard gasping in shock and seen rushing to the man's aid before calling for an ambulance.

Merseyside Police said the 34-year-old man from Formby in Sefton came forward to police late last night and he was interviewed under caution about the alleged assault.

He was released this morning pending further inquiries.

The footage was brought to the attention of officers by horrified members of the public who had shared it online.

Police established the mobile phone footage, shot by a friend of the 34-year-old, was taken outside the racecourse on Thursday evening.

Officers identified the man who was knocked to the floor as a 63-year-old from Skelmersdale in West Lancashire who was treated in hospital for bruising to his face.

Merseyside Police earlier thanked visitors for making the annual three-day race event "such a safe and enjoyable occasion" and said no arrests were made inside the ground.

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