Page last updated at 14:51 GMT, Thursday, 17 April 2008 15:51 UK

Ex-MP cautioned in assault claim

Rod Richards leaving Fairwater police station, Cardiff
Rod Richards leaving Fairwater police station, Cardiff

Former Welsh office minister Rod Richards has been cautioned by police after being arrested over an alleged assault on a Conservative party worker.

The ex-Tory MP for Clwyd West later described the "clip around the ear" as an "altercation" which rated as "pretty close to zero" on a scale of one to 10.

He had been held overnight in custody at Cardiff's Fairwater police station.

A Welsh Conservative spokesman said a party worker had been "shaken" after the incident while out canvassing.

He said he had then reported the incident to police.

South Wales Police said a 61-year-old man had been cautioned for common assault and had been released.

Mr Richards told the BBC that last night's incident was an "altercation" in which he gave a party worker a "clip behind the ear".

He described the worker as half his age and twice his size but said on a scale of one to 10, the incident was "pretty close to zero."

Mr Richards said he had had very little sleep and now wanted to let the matter rest.

A Welsh Conservative party spokesman said: "One of our guys was assaulted and contacted the police."

He said the canvasser was not badly hurt and "shaken by the experience of it more than anything else".

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