Derby councillor Harvey Jennings assault charge dropped

Harvey Jennings, outside court
Image caption Mr Jennings had consistently denied the charge

All charges have been dropped against the former leader of Derby City Council who had been accused of assaulting his ex-wife.

Harvey Jennings of Sandringham Drive, Derby, was suspended by the Conservative Party in May when charged over an alleged incident in 2010.

Mr Jennings and his former wife Jane appeared briefly at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

Both agreed to be bound over to keep the peace for six months.

Through his solicitor, Mr Jennings said the case had had "a profound and lasting effect" on him and he hoped everyone could now get on with their lives.

"Mr Jennings hopes that matters may be put behind him and everyone else," the statement said.

The current leader of the Conservative-controlled council, Philip Hickson, said it was up to the party to decide who they wanted to head the authority.

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