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POLICE have arrested three men in connection with an assault on the writer and activist Owen Jones in north London.
Mr Jones was celebrating his 35th birthday at the Lexington pub on Pentonville Road earlier this month when he was violently attacked.
The Metropolitan Police said three men aged 39, 43 and 39 were in custody over the incident after they attended a police station in north London.
The trio are being held on suspicion of violent disorder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sent Mr Jones his solidarity after the assault, describing it as “an attack on free speech and our fundamental values.”
Detective Sergeant Scott Barefoot of Islington CID said: “This was a completely senseless attack on a man simply enjoying a night out with friends.
“We are looking into the circumstances of this incident, including if it was a hate crime.
“Although there were no serious injuries, the effects of becoming a victim of such an attack can continue when any injuries have healed.”
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