Cllr Tony Hooke

The alleged victim of an assault by a Hampshire county councillor has said that he is “considering his options” after being informed of the CPS decision not to take further action.

The individual, who has asked not to be named but has been independently confirmed as the person involved, told Andover & Villages exclusively that he is considering whether to appeal against the CPS decision.

The incident, which lead to Cllr Tony Hooke publicly announcing that he was to stand down from the UKIP group last month allegedly occurred in April. This lead to the councillor being arrested in daylight at Broadway Garage, the car workshop business he owns in Andover.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said “A 52-year-old man from Yateley arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth on April 28 was given the opportunity to attend a local police station and provide a statement. This offer was declined and an arrest was made necessary to investigate the allegation thoroughly.”

We can confirm this man has been released with no further action upon his return from bail.”

The news comes after Andover & Villages received confirmation from UKIP group leader Cllr Philip Fawkes that Cllr Hooke will now be returning to the Hampshire UKIP group. Cllr Fawkes said he was “delighted” and that there was “never any question” of him being disciplined, adding that he was being welcomed back to the group with open arms.

The UKIP press office were asked for comment on the situation but, as with other requests, did not reply to our questions.

Subsequent to this incident, and speaking on a website run by Cllr Hooke’s webmaster, the UKIP branch secretary who is employed at Broadway Garage, Andover said “The simple fact is, both Andover and Hampshire need more councillors like him.”

 

 

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