Man denies stalking Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock
Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock
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A PENSIONER has denied stalking Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock involving ‘serious alarm or distress’.

Les Cummings, 69, of Berkshire Close, Portsmouth, pleaded not guilty to the charge during a short hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Cummings, who appeared at court in a wheelchair, is alleged to have sent offensive emails and ‘caused the delivery’ of offensive leaflets to members of the public and accosting Mike Hancock, pictured.

He is alleged to have displayed ‘alarming behaviour’ outside the MP’s constituency office in Albert Road, Southsea.

The offence was allegedly committed between February 7 and September 14 last year.

Mr Hancock was recently suspended from the Liberal Democrat Party as he contests a civil claim that he behaved inappropriately towards a female constituent. The MP strongly denies the claims.

Cummings was released on bail ahead of a trial at a date and venue to be set.