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Man held over buggy incident

A man has been arrested after colliding with a security guard while attempting to drive a golf buggy out of the gates at the Open Championship at Hoylake.

Merseyside Police said a 45-year-old man was arrested following the incident outside Gate Four of the site at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, off Meols Drive.

The security guard received a minor leg injury as the man clipped him before crashing the buggy into a barrier.

Pictures emerged on social media of the buggy, owned by tournament organiser the Royal & Ancient, on a banking outside the gate.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that a man has been arrested following an incident at The Open golf practice day in Hoylake at about 7.30pm this evening.

"The 45-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested following an incident which involved the taking of a golf buggy on the course.

"One man was arrested on suspicion of assault after the buggy collided with a barrier near to the entrance gate on Meols Road. Just before colliding with the barrier the buggy caught a security guard causing a slight injury to his leg."

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at the R&A, said: "Police are now investigating and I cannot say any more at this time."