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Monday 23 October 2017

Cameron keeps faith in security despite 'run-in'

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted he has confidence in his police bodyguards despite an apparent security breach that saw a jogger collide with him and his protection team.

The Metropolitan Police Service has announced it will carry out a review into the incident, which occurred as he left an event at Leeds Civic Hall.

Dean Farley, who closely resembles the man seen in video footage running into Mr Cameron's team, used his Facebook page to say he was the person involved in the incident.

The prime minister appeared unaffected as he gave a scheduled statement Commons.

"Could I put on the record for once the debt I owe to the close protection teams that look after me and the very good job that they do," said Mr Cameron.

Making light of the incident, he added: "John Prescott was in the room as I gave the speech so as I left the room, I thought the moment of maximum danger had probably passed. But clearly that wasn't the case."

In 2001 Labour former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott punched a protester who egged him.

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Mr Cameron expressed his "gratitude and confidence" in the protection team.

Initial reports suggested Mr Cameron had been "shoved" by a protester, but West Yorkshire Police insisted there was "nothing sinister" and it was "just a man in the wrong place at the wrong time".

On Facebook Mr Farley wrote: "So I'm all over the news as 'the protester that attacked David Cameron in Leeds'. Yeah if you call brushing into someone while running then getting assaulted by half a dozen coppers in suits attacking."

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