SHAFAQNA – The jogger who was manhandled to the ground after running into David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has said he had “no idea” why police officers jumped on him.
Dean Farley, a 28-year-old hospital worker from Leeds, questioned the Prime Minister’s security arrangements.
He said he had been able to just “run between them” as he headed to a lunchtime appointment with his personal trainer at the gym.
“I had a quick look across the road and ran across the road and all I saw was a bunch of men in suits come out of the side of the Civic Hall,” said Mr Farley.
“I could not see any uniformed police as I crossed the road and there was no cordon.
“It begs the question how good is security if I managed to run between them before they stopped me.
“I dodged in and out and around and the next thing I knew I have got half a dozen suited men haranguing me and manhandling me to the floor.
“The whole while I am asking what is going on and ‘Who are you?’
“I had no idea who I had run into. I gathered I had run into someone quite important. I could not know it was David Cameron.
“I did not see David Cameron. I did not know it was David Cameron until they let me out of the police van an hour later.”
Mr Farley, who was carrying a towel but no ID at the time, told BBC Look North it had been a “harrowing” experience.
“I’m quite shook up. I was almost in shock, like I’d been in an accident or something,” he said.
He added: “I will look back eventually and see the funny side.”
Mr Farley’s mother Lisa said at her home in Leeds: “I’ve spoken to Dean. He’s very upset by the whole situation.
“It’s all a misunderstanding. He was just jogging to the gym.”
Mr Farley was described by friends as a fitness fanatic, a devotee of superhero comic books and a former skateboarder.
Jatinder Dewgun, a friend of Mr Farley’s, said: “He’s a stand-up guy.
“I’ve seen the pictures of the police taking him to the floor. He goes out for a run and gets taken down like a terrorist.”