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Priest suffers road rage

07 February 2014

by Richard Vamplew


A PRIEST in Lincolnshire, the Revd Ian Walters, is recovering after being attacked in a suspected road-rage incident.

Mr Walters, Priest-in-Charge of Gosberton, in Lincolnshire, was punched in the face more than once during the attack on the A152 near Quadring, in south Lincolnshire, on Tuesday of last week.

He was driving on the A152 at about 8.30 p.m. when the incident happened. He was found on the side of the road by an off-duty police officer, who was driving by shortly afterwards, and required treatment at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston for minor injuries.

The incident is being treated as a hate crime, as Mr Walters was "in uniform", and the offender made verbal reference to it at the time of the assault.

A 64-year-old man from Gosberton was arrested, and taken to Boston custody suite. He was later released on bail for medical reasons, and will return to Boston police station at a later date.

A spokesman for the diocese of Lincoln said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Walters, and we wish him a very speedy recovery."

A police spokesman confirmed that a man had been arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated assault.

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