'Potter' actor in pub attack

Harry Potter actor Martin Henderson. (thisissomerset.co.uk photo)

Harry Potter actor Martin Henderson. (thisissomerset.co.uk photo)

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A dwarf Harry Potter actor has been left virtually wheelchair-bound after a thug picked him up and dropped him onto the ground.

Martin Henderson, who is four feet, two inches tall (1.27 metres), was smoking outside a pub in Somerset, south-west England during his 37th birthday celebration in October when he was attacked.

He was left with injuries to his back and legs, and now relies on a stick or zimmer frame to walk, and a wheelchair for longer journeys.

Henderson says, "I was at the back of the pub outside and the next thing I know I'm suddenly in the air and someone has got hold of me. I managed to get up and after some swearing I went into the pub and three men who had been there earlier had left. I then went to hospital because I started to feel numb in my back and legs.

"I had surgery on my back in 2010 and was making really good progress and my surgeon was really happy with me. But then this happened and it's kicked it all off again. I keep falling over and I found out today that I have fractured my arm.

"Every time I stand up I don't know if I'm going to fall over. I will have to use a wheelchair and I won't get any acting jobs.

"I guess I was an easy target and the only reason I was picked on was because I am small. People's attitudes to me when I go out can be pretty cruel... You just have to ignore it but this is the first time I have been picked up and thrown about."

Cops are investigating the attack and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

A police spokesperson says, "Officers investigating would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the pub on the night of October 7. It follows an incident in which a small person was picked up by an unknown person in the bar and dropped."


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