Ex council boss to be charged over election night fracas

Ex council leader Brian Spencer.
Ex council leader Brian Spencer.
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EX council leader Brian Spencer has been summonsed to appear before court to face assault allegations following a fracas at last month’s local election count.

Mr Spencer, who lost both his seat and the leadership of the local Lib Dems following the vote, is scheduled to appear before St Helens Magistrates’ Court on July 30.

The 65-year-old stands accused of assaulting Labour’s Eccleston candidate, Mark Johnson, and his mother Janet, a serving Labour councillor, shortly before midnight in St Helens Town Hall’s main hall.

A police spokeswoman confirmed: “Brian Spencer has been summonsed to appear at St Helens Magistrates’ Court on Monday, July 30.

“Mr Spencer, of Sutton Leach, has been summonsed to be charged with two counts of assault by beating. The summons follows a police investigation into an incident that occurred at St Helens Town Hall on Friday, May 4.

“Following that investigation, a file of evidence was passed to the CPS, which took the decision to prosecute.”