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WATCH: Man quizzed after elderly man ‘deliberately’ pushed to the ground at Grand National

NewsBy Karl Doyle
The drunk deliberately 'shoulders' the elderly man - rocking him on his heels and knocking him to the ground
The drunk deliberately 'shoulders' the elderly man - rocking him on his heels and knocking him to the ground

A man is being questioned by police over an alleged assault after a video emerged online of an Aintree racegoer, who was clearly drunk, appearing to deliberately knock an elderly man to the ground.

Officers investigating the video, believed to have been taken outside the racecourse where 150,000 visitors turned out for the Grand National, said the victim had suffered injuries to his face and they were now speaking to a man who had come forward.

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

The incident was captured on a mobile phone by a brazen friend of the suited racegoer, who seems to be totally inebriated.

He shouts to him "text bomb" and "is there any need?" moments before the incident happens as he sniggers uncontrollably from behind his phone.

A police spokesman said: "Merseyside Police has been made aware of a video showing a man shoulder-barging another, older man, over in a road near to the Aintree racecourse.

"The incident is being treated as assault and officers are speaking to several people believed to have further information that could help the investigation.

"We would continue to welcome any information from anyone who witnessed the incident itself on 101."

A statement later said: "Merseyside Police can confirm that a man has tonight voluntarily attended a local police station and will be spoken to by officers about an alleged assault in the Aintree area in which another man was pushed to the floor and suffered a facial injury."

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