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Crab apple assault case adjourned

The case against a 49-year-old man charged with assault when he made a citizen's arrest of a youth he believed threw apples has been adjourned.

Roland Digby, 49, alleges crab apples were hurled at his house in Royston, Hertfordshire three times in one week.

On the third occasion he gave chase to youths he thought responsible and made a citizen's arrest on one, he told Stevenage Magistrates' Court.

The case was adjourned to give the prosecution more time to consider.

Courier driver Mr Digby has complained to the police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because he believes his case has been handled unfairly.

He told the court: "It's left me aghast and disgusted. The police gave me no chance to put my case.

"I still can't see that I've done anything wrong."

He was bailed to reappear at the same court on 1 October.

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