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A journalist has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking three members of Ukip’s youth wing at a conference party.

Timur Moon, 36, who has worked for the International Business Times, the Evening Standard and the Observer, has been charged with counts of common assault after allegedly attacking three people at the Young Independents ball hosted at a mansion in Clerkenwell, central London.

One of the alleged victims is Alex Nixon, a graduate of University College London who is deputy chairman of Ukip’s youth wing in Scotland.

She declined to comment. But a friend alleged Mr Moon had attacked the three after being asked to leave the party, which had a ban on journalists.

The friend alleged Mr Moon had called Miss Dixon a “fascist”, before striking her and pulling her hair.

Mr Moon studied English at Oxford University and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. He has worked at the National newspaper in Abu Dhabi and Al Jazeera in India.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed Mr Moon had been charged with three counts of common assault.

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