UPDATE: Ukip county councillor held in assault probe

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Police investigating an alleged assault have arrested the Deputy Leader of the Ukip group on Hampshire County Council.

Cllr Tony Hooke, who is the councilor for Andover South, was arrested yesterday in connection with an alleged incident at Portsmouth Guildhall during the launch of Ukip’s South East European Election campaign on April 28.

The event which was attended by Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Ukip MEP candidates had been picketed by protestors.

The 52 year-old councilor from Yately, who is also Chairman of Ukip North West Hampshire, was released on bail.

Ray Finch, leader of the Ukip group on Hampshire County Council told reporters that the councillor  “strenuously denied the allegation.”

UPDATE

June 30 2014

Hampshire Police have now said that Cllr Hooke will not be facing charges as a result of their enquiry.
Cllr Hooke has resigned the Ukip whip and now sits as an independent.