Man who ‘flung’ political activist outside Bristol Temple Meads says sorry

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A man who threw a Green Party activist over a bike rack outside Bristol Temple Meads has apologised.

Chris Millman, 60, was attacked by the railway station’s rear entrance at about 6.30pm on May 23, the day of the European Elections.

He told police he was handing out leaflets when a man grabbed him by the jacket, shouted something about milkshakes and threw him to the ground, causing a cut to his finger.

A witness said Mr Millman was “basically rugby-tackled”.

 

After Bristol Live published an appeal for information, a man came forward to police and identified himself as the assailant.

The man is to receive an official caution and will attend a victim awareness course at his own expense, the Green Party has said.

The police also arranged a meeting between the men to achieve ‘restorative justice’, which involves the reconciliation of offenders with victims.

‘We parted on good terms’

Mr Millman said: “I was told that he was very contrite and wanted to meet me to apologise in person.

“I agreed to do so, and he made a solemn promise that he will never do such a thing again. He also handed me £100, even though I had declined to claim any compensation.

 

“The money was not important but helped convince me of his sincerity, since he was not required to make any payment.

“We parted on good terms. Restorative justice is something the Green Party is very supportive of.”

Mr Millman did not wish to reveal what the man said about the reason for the attack.

The cash will be donated to next year’s Green Party Mayoral campaign, in which Sandy Hore-Ruthven challenges current Mayor Marvin Rees.

Mr Millman, who was a Green candidate for Hotwells and Harbourside in the 2016 local elections, thanked the rail passengers who intervened to help him.

He said: “Three or four people stopped and made their presence felt on the day so that the attack did not continue. I am very thankful to them.”

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said the matter has been resolved.

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