Wakefield Councillor attacked in his garden

Sgt Lee Carlson at the pedestrian crossing where Coun Laurie Harrison was attacked
Sgt Lee Carlson at the pedestrian crossing where Coun Laurie Harrison was attacked

A COUNCILLOR was brutally attacked after an argument about a pedestrian crossing.

Police are hunting for a man who repeatedly punched Laurie Harrison, the chairman of Wakefield Council’s community safety overview and scrutiny committee.

Coun Laurie Harrison

Coun Laurie Harrison

The attack happened as Coun Harrison was gardening outside his home which is near to a pedestrian crossing.

He was approached by a cyclist who accused him of tampering with the crossing’s sound device which bleeps to alert people when it is safe to cross the road.

The man got off his bike, went into Coun Harrison’s garden and knocked him to the ground before punching him several times.

Coun Harrison told the man he had not touched the pedestrian crossing.

He said: “I was about to show him how to use the bleeper system on the machine - which he accused me of turning off because of the noise - but he attacked me.

“I was pushed down and then he kept punching me. It is outrageous, and to be attacked in your own garden is dreadful. I don’t want him to get away with it.”

The assault was witnessed by a motorist waiting at the lights opposite Coun Harrison’s house, on Barnsley Road, South Kirkby.

The attack happened on Friday, August 3 at 3.15pm.

The suspect was aged between 30 to 40 and was riding a silver bike.

He was wearing a white baseball cap and blue sports top.

Sgt Lee Carlson, of the South East NPT said: “We are watching CCTV footage and have done house to house enquires. We are confident we will trace him.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.