Assault follows Trump golf vote

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A councillor who voted against US tycoon Donald Trump's plans to build a 1 billion golf resort in Scotland claimed yesterday she had been assaulted after opposing the project.

Debra Storr said a woman came to her house outside the village of Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, this morning and pushed her.

The alleged incident happened the day after councillors narrowly rejected Mr Trump's proposals.

Grampian Police confirmed they were making inquiries into an incident at a house in the Balmedie area.

Ms Storr, a Liberal Democrat councillor for Ellon and District, said: "I heard a banging on the door and when I opened it there was a woman standing there who proceeded to hurl abuse at me, obscenities regarding the Trump application.

"She was very angry it had been refused and continued hurling abuse at me.

"I asked her who she was and if she would moderate her language. She told me who she was, but she did not moderate her language. She continued hurling abuse at me and then she stepped across the door, put her hands on me and pushed me."

A spokesman for Grampian Police said: "We can confirm that a 59-year-old female has been interviewed and charged in connection with a minor disturbance."

Ms Storr was one of seven councillors who voted against the application from Trump International Golf Links Scotland to build a huge complex of courses and houses in Aberdeenshire, north east Scotland.

Outline planning permission for the project at the Menie Estate near Balmedie was earlier approved by the council's Formartine area committee.

But members of the more powerful infrastructure committee voted against the proposal yesterday.

After a 7-7 deadlock committee chairman Martin Ford used his casting vote to reject the application.