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BREAKING NEWS: Arrests as trouble flares at Worthing election count

A CANDIDATE was arrested as results for Worthing's local election were announced today (Friday, May 2).

Dawn Smith, who represents the Stop Durrington's Overdevelopment - Save Titnore's Trees party, was arrested after a row at Worthing's Assembly Hall.

Others were dragged from the building by security guards crying "This is not democracy".

Two others were also arrested, according to a police community support officer.

Trouble erupted as returning officer Ian Lowrie announced results for two Adur District Council wards at the joint Worthing/Adur count.

The row is believed to have started after Ms Smith's supporters were refused entry to the count.

An eyewitness said four people managed to get into the hall while two were refused entry in the building's foyer.

One sat at the counting tables as votes were counted and pulled his hood up while others laid on the floor in the middle of the tables.

The eyewitness said: "They were kicking and flailing about so we decided to body-lift them and carried them out of here."

One party supporter, a 19-year-old man who has lived at Titnore Woods since Christmas, and who did not want to be named, said: "We just wanted to come in and support Dawn.

"We weren't going to cause any trouble."

Click here for live results as they are announced.

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