Rugby club boss in assault probe

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By Clifton People | Saturday, May 01, 2010, 09:00

A RUGBY club director has been arrested following an alleged assault.

Clifton RFC's director of rugby, Darren Lloyd, pictured, has been questioned in connection with an incident that took place just hours after a rugby match between his current and former clubs last month.

On April 3, Clifton had played Dings Crusaders in a National League Two South fixture at Ding's Crusaders Landseer Avenue ground in Lockleaze.

The popular local derby was used to raise around £1,600 for Help for Heroes.

The fixture was won 17-15 by Dings Crusaders, and the assault is alleged to have happened in the early hours of April 4.

Mr Lloyd, a former West Bromwich Albion footballer, was assistant coach at Dings Crusaders before moving to rivals Clifton in September 2006.

He said at the time: "Dings are my own club. My heart remains with them, but this is a professional game now and you are not prevented from playing with or coaching other clubs."

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset police said: "Police were contacted at around 3am on April 4 by several people reporting a violent disorder in Bonnington Walk, Lockleaze.

"A 40-year-old man from Bristol has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm and has been bailed to a later date as investigations continue."

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