Elderly man charged with race hate assault on neighbour

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A 77-year-old man from Newton-le-Willows has been charged with racially abusing and assaulting a neighbour.

William Brookes, of Earle Street, is accused of attacking Miguel Zurita at a flat in the Earles Court complex in the area.

He denies two charges of assault and racially aggravated assault.

He will appear for trial at St Helens Magistrates’ Court on September 1.