TOWIE's Mario Cautioned For Assault On Boy
Reality show star grabbed youngster after getting verbal abuse...
The Only Way Is Essexstar Mario Falcone has reportedly been cautioned by police after an alleged "assault" on an 11-year-old boy.
The Mirror claims that the 24-year-old was arrested after an incident in which he approached a group of youths who had shouted abuse at himself and fiancé Lucy Mecklenburgh near their home in Warley, Essex.
A source said: "Mario and Lucy were leaving their house when some comments were made about Lucy by a group of youths nearby who were making references to her ex Mark Wright.
"In the heat of the moment, Mario stormed over and grabbed one of them by the collar. It was a really stupid thing to do.
"The boy, who was 11 but looked older, went home and told his mum what had happened and she called the police.
"Mario was arrested the following day."
And Mario's spokesman told the paper that he had apologised for the incident.
He said: "Although both he and Lucy were the subject of some very hostile and confrontational provocation from a group of males Mario deeply regrets reacting in the way he did.
"He has already apologised to the boy and his family and offered to meet with them."
Essex Police confirmed the incident and the caution.
A spokesperson said: "A man has been cautioned by police following an assault in Warley.
"Police were contacted shortly after 3.30pm on Friday, August 10, by the mother of a local 11-year-old boy who was attacked by a man on Crescent Road approximately 30 minutes earlier.
"Officers arrested a 24-year-old man at his nearby home address the following day and, following questioning, issued him with a police caution after he admitted to assaulting the boy."
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