‘If I’d have got hold of his megaphone I’d have stamped on it’

Official Opening of The New Market Place. 860B
Official Opening of The New Market Place. 860B
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A 68-YEAR-OLD councillor has admitted he assaulted a protester at the launch of Grantham’s new-look Market Place in October.

Iain Angus, the managing director of Newton Fallowell Lettings, staged a noisy protest throughout the official unveiling, shouting his grievances that the work was a “waste of public money” into a megaphone.

Mr Angus alleged that Councillor Jeff Thompson assaulted him, and Coun Thompson was brought into Grantham Police Station for questioning this week.

He admitted the charge and accepted a caution.

Coun Thompson defended his actions yesterday (Thursday), saying Mr Angus stood in front of him and his wife Janet and refused to budge.

He said: “I asked very politely that he move. I wasn’t there to listen to him, we were all there to hear about the sculpture, but we couldn’t hear it because he was stood in front of me with his damn megaphone.

“I asked him twice and then the third time I moved him. I did get hold of him and shift him.

“I couldn’t get hold of the megaphone, if I had I would have stamped on it.”

Coun Thompson said the call in for questioning had been no surprise.

He added: “Let him get on with it, I’m not bothered.

“I shouldn’t have laid a finger on him, but how do you move someone who won’t move?”

Mr Angus denies he stood in front of Coun Thompson when the assault occurred, but said he was pleased Coun Thompson had been cautioned.

He said: “I’m very happy. This just shows the sheer arrogance of Coun Thompson, who was very abrupt on this occasion.”

Mr Angus said that action against the councillor should be taken by South Kesteven District Council, also, but a spokesman for SKDC said no action will be taken against Coun Thompson.