Owen Jones 'kicked in head' in London street attack

"Six of us left the pub at 3am and were saying our goodbyes 30 metres away, then a group of 3-4 men left the pub, made a beeline for me, kicked me in the back, threw me on the ground, slamming my head, and kicked me in the skull".

Mr Jones said his friends were also punched in the head as they tried to stop the "frenzied" attack on him - and that there was "no question" the men were "specifically" targeting him.

In a post on Twitter, the journalist said he was with friends when they were attacked as they left a pub in the early hours of Sunday morning, as he was celebrating his birthday.

The left-wing writer described the alleged attack as "premeditated" and suggested far-right activists could be responsible. Jones said the attackers dispersed and that he was fine "other than a big bump on my head and a cut back".

Mr Jones claimed it was a "premeditated" move by "far right" activists.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led condemnation of the attack on Saturday, saying an attack on a journalist was "an attack on free speech and our fundamental values".

The Lexington Pub on Pentonville Road, where the attack happened.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed it had spoken to witnesses and would review CCTV footage. No arrests have been made.

According to the BBC, Lexington's manager Chris Smith said his staff were "all upset" about the assault and will do anything they can to help the police investigation.

Mr Jones said the attack was the latest in a series of assaults since he was verbally abused by protesters on College Green in Westminster earlier this year.

"Given the far right attacks I've had in the streets, and generally escalating far right threats I've had, I'm in no doubt as to what this is".

Mr Jones said he would not let far right groups "scare or intimidate" him.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: 'Shocking to hear about this attack'.

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