POLICE are investigating an assault which took place after a public meeting and left a man with a broken jaw.
Dad Terry Pywell was punched outside a working men’s club on High Street, Beighton, Sheffield, after a meeting about the closure of a path off Rotherham Road last Thursday evening.
Police say a group of men were having a ‘heated discussion’ outside the club.
Mr Pywell, aged 48, works for scrap metal company Advanced Metal Innovation Company, which has put a bigger gate across the track than was previously there, and was one of several employees at the meeting.
Firm owner Steve Winstone, who has a long-term lease on the land, said he did so on the advice of the Health and Safety Executive for safety reasons and an alternative footpath is available.
But campaigners in the Save Our Public Rights of Way group say the track has been used for a century and is a popular route to Rother Valley Country Park.
A police spokesman said: “It is believed a group of men were having a heated discussion following a meeting at the club, when one of the men allegedly hit the victim across the face.
“As a result of this, a 48-year-old man sustained a broken jaw.”
n Anyone with information contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1321 of Thursday, March 14, 2013.