Lingfield security guard back to work after brutal attack

Lingfield Racecourse

Lingfield: the scene of a brutal attack on a security guard last week

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 By Graham Dench 1:25PM 16 JUL 2016 

A SECURITY guard is back at work for one of Lingfield’s most popular meetings on Saturday evening, just seven days after being struck in the face by a ball bearing fired at point blank range from a catapult while he was trying to apprehend a burglar.

Steve Swainy, who lost his front teeth and required facial surgery, was on routine patrol late in the evening on July 9, which was not one of the track’s regular summer Saturday race nights, when he came across two males, believed to be in their mid-to-late teens, trying to break into the Parasol bar on the paddock lawn.

Andrew Perkins, executive director for Lingfield, said on Saturday: “They were breaking into an external bar in the area where we have music, which was all boarded up. Security spotted what was going on and went over to apprehend them, which resulted in Steve suffering facial injuries unfortunately, before they ran off.

“Steve suffered a very nasty wound, but he came back to work yesterday and is due on duty for our ladies’ night raceday, which was good news for us, and good news for him too.”

The suspects escaped, despite an extensive search and the use of a police helicopter.

Anyone with any information on the incident can call Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference 45160058945.

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