BRITISH National Party leader Nick Griffin has denied any involvement in an alleged incident after he visited a Chester pub.
The Chronicle contacted Cheshire Constabulary for information following speculation on social networking sites concerning an alleged racist assault on a regular outside The Bouverie Arms where Mr Griffin had been drinking earlier in the day.
Inspector Ian Thorp, who made enquiries, confirmed Mr Griffin, a North West Euro MP, had been in the pub on May 31 but officers were not called to the scene and no complaints had been made.
There had been claims on Twitter and Facebook about an alleged assault on a regular outside the pub following Mr Griffin’s visit but no evidence it was in any way connected.
A BNP spokesman, who contacted Mr Griffin, said the leader had texted to the effect that he had been in a Chester pub but was unaware of any trouble either while he was there or afterwards and that he was puzzled by the rumours.
The spokesman added: “He likes to support local businesses and the Campaign for Real Ale. It’s a non-story.”
The Bouverie did not wish to comment when approached by The Chronicle.
Nick Griffin has previously been seen drinking at the Albion pub and Wetherspoons in Chester.