22nd Apr, 2019

Man charged with assaulting fisherman

Coventry Editorial 29th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY police have charged a 45-year man after a fisherman was pushed into a pond.

Unemployed Brendan Cleary appeared before magistrates on this afternoon (Tuesday, September 29) to face charges of assault and criminal damage after the man’s fishing equipment was damaged in the attack.

An investigation was launched after a video that was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday, September 23 showed a man being assaulted at Swanswell Park.

Cleary, aged 45 from Gloucester Street, Spon End, handed himself in at Coventry’s police station in connection with the incident and he is currently helping police with their enquiries.

Detectives are now appealing to the fisherman to come forward.

PC Sam Wale, from Coventry’s Violent Crime Team, said: “I am appealing to anyone who can identify the fisherman to call me or one of the team as we really need to speak to him.

“If you know him, then please ask him to contact us as soon as possible.

“He may be cautious about coming forward but we want to reassure him that we will deal with this incident with empathy and understanding.

“We continue to search for a second man we believe is involved in this incident and it is only a matter of time before we knock his door.

“He should think about his actions and do the right thing and come forward.”

Anyone who can identify the fisherman, or has information that could help the investigation should call West Midlands Police on 101.

Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.

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