Police to take no action against Portsmouth councillor Mike Hancock

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POLICE have said they will take no action against Portsmouth councillor Mike Hancock after reading a dossier about an alleged sexual assault.

Hampshire Constabulary asked to see the report written by Nigel Pascoe QC for Portsmouth City Council.

The report was prepared for a committee investigating whether Cllr Hancock had broken the council’s code of conduct in his dealings with a vulnerable woman. She claims he sexually assaulted her.

Today a police spokesman said: ‘Following discussions with Portsmouth City Council, we decided it was appropriate for police to obtain a copy of the report by Nigel Pascoe QC.

‘The force reviewed the report alongside information from a previous police investigation in 2010.

‘Hampshire Constabulary treats all reports of this nature with the utmost seriousness and fairness.

‘Our review included discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service. Hampshire Constabulary has decided this week that we’re not in a position to take any further action after careful consideration of all the information available to detectives at the moment.

‘A police officer today informed the people directly affected by this decision.’

Earlier this month the council committee investigating the allegations decided to put off its decision until a civil court case brought by the woman is concluded, which is likely to be next year.

Cllr Hancock, who is also the MP for Portsmouth South, has resigned the Liberal Democrat whip in the House of Commons until the case is resolved, so is currently an independent MP.

However, he remains a Liberal Democrat councillor and is still in the city council’s cabinet.