Volunteer allegedly bashed after stopping man removing Liberal candidate Sarah Richards’ signs

Liberal volunteer is ‘BASHED’ after trying to stop a man ripping out a candidate’s signs in the Blue Mountains

A grandfather and Liberal party volunteer was allegedly attacked by a group of thugs after he confronted them about removing a candidate’s campaign signs.

Hazelbrook cafe owner Kevin Birch, 53, told Daily Mail Australia while driving in the Blue Mountains with his wife and daughter, he came across a man he claimed was removing posters for Liberal’s Macquarie candidate Sarah Richards.

When Mr Birch questioned the man, who was wearing a red jumper, he said ‘I don’t like Sarah Richards, and I don’t like the Liberal Party’.

He offered to replace the sign if Mr Birch would let him go.

Hazelbrook cafe owner Kevin Birch, 53, came across a man he said was removing posters for Liberal’s Macquarie candidate Sarah Richards in the Blue Mountains on Wednesday

The man who removed the signs, who was wearing a red jumper, told Mr Birch, 'I don’t like Sarah Richards', then offered to replace the sign if he could be let go

The man who removed the signs, who was wearing a red jumper, told Mr Birch, ‘I don’t like Sarah Richards’, then offered to replace the sign if he could be let go

A white Nissan then arrived, and a man in a white hoodie approached Mr Birch and allegedly punched him in the face through his open car window, 9 newspapers reported.

Mr Birch alleges he was threatened and again punched, in the head and back, after reporting the Nissan’s licence plate to police in a phone call.

He suffered swelling to his jaw and bruising to his knee and ankle in the alleged assault. 

NSW police confirmed a man was charged over the incident.

‘A 25-year-old man was arrested in Lawson on Thursday and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault,’ a police statement said.

It is understood police are still trying to locate the man in the red jumper. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk

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