Former Cllr Bob Bailey [pictured, left] has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting two teenagers in the street on the eve of the General Election
The BNP chief, who stood as an MP candidate in Romford while still contesting his council seat in Alibon ward, attended an east London police station by appointment yesterday (Tuesday). Mr Bailey, 44, was arrested and quizzed over allegations he assaulted an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old in Harrow Road, Barking, on May 5. The former councillor, who lost his seat in the local elections on May 7, was bailed to return on July 12.
Both teenagers involved in the alleged street brawl [film of the incident here] were also arrested following police enquiries. They attended an east London police station on May 6 and were questioned under suspicion of assault and affray. Pending further enquiries both teenagers were bailed to return on a date in mid July.
An investigation into the incident was launched by officers from the Barking Community Safety Unit after an allegation of assault was made against Mr Bailey.
Initially when police were called to reports of a fight in Harrow Road at around 3pm on Wednesday May 5, the matter was not pursued. Officers noted that no allegations were made, no-one was injured, no arrests were made and no further police action was taken.
Barking and Dagenham Post