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Photographers' cars vandalised outside Ryan Giggs' home

Six cars parked near the Manchester United star’s home were attacked by a group of men who arrived and left in a Transit van.

POLICE IN NORTHERN England who were called out to the home address of Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs last night say at least six cars parked near the house were vandalised by a group which arrived in a van.

Reuters reports that police said in a statement that the group which attacked the cars arrived on the scene in a Ford Transit van, but said that no one was injured in the incident.

Earlier this week, Giggs was named as the footplayer at the centre of a superinjunction prohibiting newspapers from publishing allegations of an affair. Superinjunctions have sparked an intense media and political debate in England about press freedom and personal privacy.

The Guardian reports that the cars, which belonged to photographers, are thought to have been attacked because of the media focus on Giggs. It also says that the Press Complaints Commission issued desist notices on Monday and Tuesday appealing to journalists not to collect outside the footballer’s home.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Yesterday, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson indicated he wanted to ban an Associated Press journalist from Friday’s pre-UEFA final press conference for asking about Giggs’ importance to his team, however, it appears unlikely he is able to do so.

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