Elderly man injured after a drunken push

Stills of the footage of a Skelmersdale man being pushed over at Aintree
Stills of the footage of a Skelmersdale man being pushed over at Aintree

THE man who was injured after he was shoved by a drunk man is not pressing charges.

The 63-year-old, from Skelmersdale, was treated at hospital for bruising to his face, after the incident on Thursday but is expected to recover,

Merseyside Police have quizzed a man who voluntarily attended a station after a video was released on Facebook and say they are treating the case as assault.

The 34-year-old man from Formby was interviewed under caution before being released on Sunday morning.

The victim will not be pressing charges.

The incident was captured on film, showing a man appearing to deliberately knock an elderly man to he ground.

In footage posted online, a man in a suit and tie can be seen staggering from the racecourse before appearing to push an elderly gentleman with his shoulder who falls to the floor.

Onlookers are heard to gasp in shock and are seen rushing to the man’s aid before calling for an ambulance.

The man filming the incident on a mobile phone can be heard sniggering during the footage.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 34-year-old man said: “I can’t blame any of you for believing we’ve done this deliberate, that video that someone’s edited an put up is terrible and it looks like we’ve done this on purpose and barged the fella on camera.

“When you see the video you will see this is a total accidental collision, it’s important people get this truth because a lot of people are very upset and I can see why because it looks like a malicious, cowardly attack but this is far from the reality of the situation.

“This was an accident nothing more. I laugh at the build up of my mate staggering down the street, he staggers into the old man and I laugh at the way he goes down slow, it’s childish I agree but with no malice or intent.

“I should have realised sooner it was a serious fall, but I’m drunk as well.

“Just so people know when the camera goes off I check the fella is ok cos I realise the seriousness, I’ve left knowing he’s with responsible people taking care of him and I’m glad to hear the fella is fine, I have tried ringing the hospital Friday to check on him but they couldn’t give out any information.

“This is an unbelievable turn of events that has escalated out of all control.”

A police spokesman said: “Merseyside Police has been made aware of a video showing a man shoulder-barging another, older man, over in a road near to the Aintree racecourse.

“The incident is being treated as assault and officers are speaking to several people believed to have further information that could help the investigation.

“We would continue to welcome any information from anyone who witnessed the incident itself on 101.”

A statement later said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that a man has voluntarily attended a local police station and will be spoken to by officers about an alleged assault in the Aintree area in which another man was pushed to the floor and suffered a facial injury.”