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TARRANT: I'M GUILTY; Chris gets caution over curry house assault after lobbing cutlery at diner.

Byline: By FIONA CUMMINS, Showbiz Reporter, and ROD CHAYTOR

CHRIS Tarrant was cautioned for assault by police yesterday after throwing cutlery at a diner in an Indian restaurant.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host, 60, said he was relieved to have escaped charges over the curry house row.

Furious electrician John Trussler, 36, claimed he was cut on the arm after Tarrant flung a knife at him at Nottingham's MemSaab restaurant two weeks ago.

Yesterday Tarrant went to Nottingham Police Station where he accepted a formal caution.

The star said: "I am very pleased the police have handled the matter so efficiently, recognising that there was never any malice on my part, just a bit of amiable horseplay.

"I am glad that no charge has been brought against me and I can now put this over-inflated affair behind me."

A close friend of Tarrant's said said: "He just wants to put all this behind him and forget about it."

Tarrant was arrested by two officers in flak-jackets and two female PCs at his hotel on May 13 following allegations he had assaulted Mr Trussler, who had dialled 999. He was questioned under caution for two hours. Tarrant was dining with a TV pal and was standing by the buffet when he chucked the cutlery.

He later said: "I lobbed, and I stress lobbed, whatever.

"Actually, it was a whatever. I don't know if it was a spoon or a fork or a napkin. And that was it."

"There was no aggro, no temper and no problem. What his motives are I don't know."

Restaurant owner Naj Aziz dismissed the row as "a storm in a teacup" and insisted none of his staff had seen anything.

A spokesman for Notts Police said: "A 60-year-old man has been cautioned for common assault following an incident with another diner at the MemSaab restaurant." He said the investigation was now closed.

The Police National Legal Database states: "A caution is a formal warning that is given to an adult who has admitted the offence.

"If the person refuses the caution then they will normally be prosecuted through the normal channels for the offence."

Tarrant has had a difficult year. He was banned from driving for six months for speeding.

He is also fighting to save his pounds 20million fortune in a bitter divorce with wife Ingrid.

fiona.cummins@mirror.co.uk

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TIKKA'D OFF: Chris Tarrant; ARGY-BHAJI: MemSaab restaurant in Nottingham where row took place at buffet; CLASH: Cutlery; OWNER: Naj Aziz
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Date:May 26, 2007
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