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Volunteer reportedly slammed after stopping man from removing Liberal candidate Sarah Richards’ signs


Liberal volunteer ‘BASHED’ after trying to stop man from tearing down candidate’s signs in the Blue Mountains

  • Liberal Party volunteer claims he was attacked by three people near Sydney
  • Kevin Birch, 53, stopped a man from removing signs promoting Liberal Sarah Richards
  • After a ‘verbal altercation’, Mr Birch says he was punched in the face and back
  • Police confirm a 25-year-old man has been charged with assault, a second man still wanted

A grandfather and Liberal Party volunteer was allegedly assaulted in a ‘politically motivated’ attack after confronting a man about removing a candidate’s campaign signs.

Hazelbrook Cafe owner Kevin Birch, 53, told Daily Mail Australia while driving through the Blue Mountains with his wife and daughter he came across a man who he said was damaging posters of the Macquarie Liberal candidate, Sarah Richards.

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

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

Hazelbrook Cafe owner Kevin Birch, 53, came across a man he said was removing posters for Macquarie Liberal candidate Sarah Richards in the Blue Mountains on Wednesday

Volunteer reportedly slammed after stopping man from removing Liberal candidate Sarah Richards’ signs

The man who removed the signs, who was wearing a red jumper, told Mr Birch: ‘I don’t like Sarah Richards’ and then offered to replace the sign if he could be released.

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

When Mr Birch’s wife Maree phoned the police to report the incident and the number plates of the two cars, he alleges he was attacked again – this time with a punch to the head.

The alleged beating knocked his glasses off his head and left his jaw swollen.

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

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

When he grabbed the white hoodie worn by the second man, the woman accompanying him reportedly joined in the assault.

Mr Birch’s life was also said to have been threatened during the incident.

He claimed the assaults took place in front of his 12-year-old daughter and his wife, who were both in his car.

Volunteer reportedly slammed after stopping man from removing Liberal candidate Sarah Richards’ signs

After the incident, the three men fled the scene.

He suffered a swollen jaw and bruising to his knee and ankle in the alleged assault.

Mr Birch added that he believed 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 Labour’s Susan Templeman with a wafer-thin margin of 0.2%.

NSW Police released a statement confirming that a 25-year-old Lawson man was charged with assault and repeated Mr Birch’s claims.

Volunteer reportedly slammed after stopping man from removing Liberal candidate Sarah Richards’ signs

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sarah Richards for comment

Police said a ‘verbal altercation’ initially occurred when Mr Birch confronted a man removing a political party placard from the ground in Lawson, after which an alleged assault occurred.

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

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

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

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sarah Richards for comment.

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