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The runner who sparked a major security alert after shoving into David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has been identified as a 28-year-old Leeds man named Dean Farley.

Mr Farley “outed” himself on his Facebook page and claimed that he had only “brushed into” Mr Cameron and had been “assaulted” by police officers as a result.The man, who was dressed in black and wears his hair in dreadlocks, was arrested but quickly released by police after the incident in Leeds city centre. Mr Cameron was unhurt but the failure of his security team to stop a passer-by making contact with the Prime Minister led to calls for an inquiry into the incident.On his Facebook page, where he uses the name Dean Balboa Farley’, the jogger said: “So im all over the news as ‘the protester that attacked david cameron in leeds’ yeah if you call brushing into someone while running then getting assaulted by half a dozen coppers in suits attacking”.

Commenting on his news, Mr Farley’s friends suggested that he should have opted for a “slide tackle” instead, and speculated that he had been “taken to a secret location for a bit of waterboarding”. Mr Farley was freed by police just 15 minutes after being arrested. However, the speed of his interrogation and release raised yet further questions about the security operation surrounding the Prime Minister.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed Mr Farley was “de-arrested” within minutes of the incident.

“The fact that he has been de-arrested almost immediately shows there is nothing of concern,” the spokeswoman said.

“It was around 15 minutes before he was de-arrested. In that time full inquiries were made.” In what first appeared to be a deliberate protest - possibly in response to Mr Cameron’s involvement in the launch of a new high-speed rail link - Mr Farley was said to be jogging to the gym at the time of the collision.

Chris Wilson, an environmental enforcement officer for the local council, who saw the incident, said: “I saw the Prime Minister walking with his party behind him and the guy came running towards him...

“I didn’t hear him say anything because I was too far away.

“It looked like Cameron sidestepped him and he was tackled by the person behind. Just a little sidestep and then he was in the car and the car was gone.

“They [security] were on him, one minute he was up and then he was down. They just dragged him down then moved him away.”

Andy Redhead, a former police firearms officer now working as a consultant with security firm FSI Worldwide, described the lapse as “appalling”.

“It is a serious breach of security and I wouldn’t be surprised if people on the team are transferred as a result,” said Mr Redhead, who served with the Metropolitan and Northumbria forces for 20 years.

“It’s a really appalling incident - not good at all.

“Fortunately the man had no acid, no knife, no firearm, and there was no threat.

“Looking at the footage, one of the team seems distracted by a female who is a legitimate member of the party, a second member is looking in completely the wrong direction and a third member is too far away to close the whole thing down.

“The whole team has let each other down and I’m sure serious questions are being asked.”

The Prime Minister was in Leeds for the launch of a report into a fastLeeds-to-Manchester rail link, dubbed HS3.

Mark Pritchard, a Conservative MP, called for an inquiry into the incident. He said: “Met Police close protection officers are some of the best in the world, but what if the protester had been carrying a knife?”

The incident comes the week after the biggest security breach in the House of Commons for 10 years, when a protester threw a large bag of marbles at a protective screen during Prime Minister’s Questions and was arrested by police.

The man stood up and shouted towards the end of last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, while the marbles are understood to have damaged the glass screen in the gallery.