MP attacked by youths as he delivers presents

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A prominent gay MP needed stitches after he was attacked by a gang as he delivered balloons to his parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. Adam Price, the Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, and a friend were treated in hospital after the assault by four youths in Worcester on Saturday.

Mr Price's spokeswoman, Heledd Fychan, said he received facial cuts and was unable to attend the party. "A gang of youths set upon him randomly. They had no idea who he was. It was an unprovoked attack. He is a bit battered and bruised and has a black eye, but no broken bones."

She said that while Mr Price, 40, and his friend were walking to the party, some youths were being cheeky. "He didn't respond," she said. "But then the group of youths started hitting him and his friend in broad daylight."

A police spokesman said: "Mr Price and his friend were taken to hospital for treatment. Four male suspects were arrested." He said the attack took place at 5.10pm on Saturday, near Brown's restaurant in Worcester.

Richard Everton, the owner of the restaurant, said: "It's disgraceful really. Let's hope the gang get everything they should get."