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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Man, 38, arrested after second attack at Carlisle rugby club

A man questioned by police over a brutal attack on a linesman at Carlisle Rugby Club suffered a broken jaw after being assaulted himself, the News & Star understands.

Police have now arrested a 38-year-old man from Cockermouth in connection with the second attack at the Warwick Road club, Carlisle. He was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm after the incident on March 31.

He has been placed on police bail until Friday while inquiries continue.

Police have confirmed that the arrest is linked to an earlier serious assault which left linesman Mike Ray, 58, of North View, Aspatria with a broken nose and badly shaken. A man in the crowd climbed over the barrier and punched the linesman as 250 spectators looked on while Carlisle were trailing by 11 points in a crucial clash with Aspatria.

It is understood that the man questioned by police over the alleged linesman attack sustained the broken jaw.

A police spokeswoman said: “Significant inquiries have been progressed to date. Officers have been making local enquiries, spoken to several witnesses and have been in contact with both rugby clubs.

“The investigation is complex and we are continuing to appeal for witnesses.”

The game was temporarily stopped during the incident.

One other man was interviewed under caution during the course of the investigation but, to date, police have only made one arrest.

If anyone has information that can help police, contact Sergeant Claire Sampson on 101.


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