Police to take no further action against councillor Marjorie Simpson over alleged 'right hook' on mayor


A veteran councillor and grandmother who was investigated by police for allegedly punching a mayor in the face has been told she will not face further action.

Marjorie Simpson was accused by Jason Hadlow, Conservative chairman of Yarm Town Council in Teesside, of landing a "right hook" when they clashed in the council chamber over parking charges last month.

The grandmother of two, who sits as an independent, insisted she had only tried to push Mr Hadlow away, acting in self-defence, because he was shouting in her face.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "Police have confirmed that no further action will be taken in relation to an alleged assault on a 48-year-old man that was reported to have occurred on Tuesday March 13 in the Yarm area."

Ms Simpson, who had opposed council plans to fight the imposition of parking charges in the town, vehemently denied the other councillor's claims.