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A man was arrested after attacking a woman on Henman Hill following Andy Murray’s quater-final defeat to American Sam Querrey, it emerged today.
The assault, in which a nine-year-old girl was also hurt, came five minutes after the world No 1 was sent crashing out of the tournament at just before 4pm on Wednesday.
One onlooker said: “It appeared as if they were supporting different people. Henman Hill was packed — it always is when Murray is playing. There was a lot of jostling for space and a fair bit of drink had been taken on board.”
Henman Hill, which was given its nickname in the Nineties as fans gathered to watch Tim Henman, is popular with spectators for its large outdoor screen.
It was packed for the clash with Querrey, who won in five sets. Temperatures rose above 20C and attendance reached 38,348, almost 2,000 more than on the same day last year. The woman was taken to hospital for neck injuries. The girl was treated at the scene after getting caught up in the row. At one point the man, in his twenties, pushed the woman over. He has accepted a police caution.
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Figures reveal the championships have been relatively trouble-free this year, with 19 reports of crimes leading to nine arrests. One man was arrested for alleged money-laundering, related to ticket touting, and another was held for alleged immigration offences.
There was also one arrest for alleged shoplifting and possession of class A drugs, one for two counts of actual bodily harm and affray, one for assault, three for possession of a pointed/blade article and one for a public order offence.
The figures relate to arrests for incidents alleged to have taken place at the grounds of the All England Club until Wednesday. Jamie Murray was playing in the mixed doubles semi-finals today with his partner, former world No 1 Martina Hingis. Briton Heather Watson and her partner, Finland’s Henri Kontinen, the mixed doubles champions, were playing in the other semi-final.
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