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Volunteer allegedly bashed after stopping man removing Liberal candidate Sarah Richards’ signs

Liberal volunteer is ‘BASHED’ after trying to stop a man ripping down a candidate’s posters in the Blue Mountains

  • A Liberal Party volunteer alleges he was assaulted by three people near Sydney
  • Kevin Birch, 53, arrested a man who was removing signs promoting liberal Sarah Richards
  • After a ‘verbal altercation’, Mr. Birch alleges that he was punched in the face and back.
  • Police confirmed one man, 25, was charged with assault, a second man is still looking

A grandfather and Liberal Party volunteer was allegedly assaulted in a “politically motivated” attack after confronting a man for removing a candidate’s campaign posters.

Hazelbrook cafe owner Kevin Birch, 53, said while driving through the Blue Mountains with his wife and daughter on Wednesday night, he came across a man he said was damaging the candidate’s posters. Macquarie Liberal, Sarah Richards.

The man allegedly ripped the signs off the ground and damaged at least one, Birch said.

When Mr. Birch questioned the man, who was wearing a red jumper, he said: “I don’t like Sarah Richards.”

He offered to replace Mrs. Richards’s sign if Mr. Birch would let him drive his white Nissan.

Hazelbrook cafe owner Kevin Birch, 53, encountered a man he said was removing posters of Liberal's Macquarie candidate Sarah Richards in the Blue Mountains on Wednesday.

Hazelbrook cafe owner Kevin Birch, 53, encountered a man he said was removing posters of Liberal’s Macquarie candidate Sarah Richards in the Blue Mountains on Wednesday.

Man who allegedly assaulted Kevin Birch said: 'I don't like Sarah Richards and I don't like the Liberal Party' (Sarah Richards pictured)

Man who allegedly assaulted Kevin Birch said: ‘I don’t like Sarah Richards and I don’t like the Liberal Party’ (Sarah Richards pictured)

When a second car arrived, a man in a white hoodie approached Birch and allegedly punched him in the face through the open window of the car.

When Mr. Birch’s wife, Maree, called the police so they could report the incident and the license plates of the two cars, he alleges that he was attacked again, this time with a punch to the head.

He alleged that the beatings ripped his glasses off his head and left him with a swollen jaw.

“It was a complete ambush,” Birch, a Liberal Party member and volunteer for three years, told Daily Mail Australia.

Birch alleges that he was assaulted by three people in a short space of time: the man in a white hoodie, the man removing the signs, and a woman with them.

The man who removed the signs, who was wearing a red sweater, told Mr. Birch:

The man who removed the signs, who was wearing a red sweater, told Mr. Birch, “I don’t like Sarah Richards,” and then offered to replace the sign if he could let it go.

When he grabbed the white hoodie the second man was wearing, the woman who was with him allegedly joined the assault.

Mr. Birch’s life was also allegedly threatened during the incident.

He stated that the alleged assaults occurred in front of his 12-year-old daughter and his wife, who were in their car.

After the incident, the three reportedly fled the scene.

He suffered swelling to his jaw and bruises to his knee and ankle in the alleged assault.

Birch added that he believes the incident was “politically motivated.”

“He said ‘I don’t like Sarah Richards and I don’t like the Liberal Party.'”

Macquarie is held by Susan Templeman of the Labor Party, with a minimum margin of 0.2 per cent.

NSW Police released a statement confirming a 25-year-old Lawson man has been charged with assault and repeating Mr Birch’s claims.

Police said initially there was a

Police said a “verbal altercation” initially ensued when Birch was confronted by a man removing a Sarah Richards political party sign from the ground in Lawson, after which an alleged assault occurred.

Police said a “verbal altercation” initially ensued when Birch confronted a man removing a political party sign from the ground in Lawson, after which a suspected assault occurred.

‘Following investigations, a 25-year-old man was arrested in Lawson [on Thursday] and charged with assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault,” police said in a statement.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear in Katoomba Local Court on Monday 6 June.

Police confirmed that “investigations are continuing to locate the other man involved.”

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sarah Richards for comment.

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