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Altercation filmed outside MP Mike Hancock's house

ITV News has filmed an altercation outside the home of Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock, earlier today.

In a statement, a Hampshire police spokesman said: "A reporter received an injury to his nose during the incident.

"Police officers attended and are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault, and is being taken into custody where he will be interviewed by officers today."

Mr Hancock was suspended from the party yesterday following a report on alleged sexual impropriety.

Police confirm arrest outside MP Mike Hancock's home

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a television reporter outside the home of MP Mike Hancock, Hampshire police has said.

Police were called at 9.21am following reports of an altercation between members of the media and a man outside the property in Fareham, Hampshire.

The reported altercation took place outside the home of Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "Police officers attended and are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault, and is being taken into custody where he will be interviewed by officers today."

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Hancock's son involved in altercation with photographer

Mike Hancock was declining to come out of the family home in Portsmouth this morning to respond to allegations that he sexually assaulted a vulnerable constituent.

His adult son was not so reticent. He got into a fight with one of the waiting photographers, who was left with a bloodied nose.

Mr Hancock Jr has just been taken away by police for questioning.

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Report contains texts allegedly sent by Mike Hancock

The report produced by Nigel Pascoe QC includes details of text messages allegedly sent by Mike Hancock to the complainant.

The messages are reproduced by ITV News below:

ITV News reconstruction showing text messages allegedly sent by Mike Hancock to the complainant Credit: ITV News

Mr Hancock has always denied the accusations and said through a spokesman today that he had not yet given evidence to Mr Pascoe and that his report was therefore likely to be "one-sided".

Alleged victim gave 'compelling prima facie evidence'

A report commissioned by Portsmouth City Council in the wake of allegations against Mike Hancock has said that the complainant provided "compelling prima facie evidence of serious and unwelcome sexual behaviour".

The report author, Nigel Pascoe QC, also wrote:

I consider that the prima facie evidence of his unwelcome sexual approaches remains unquestionably a very serious matter in the light of the position which he holds and his knowledge from the beginning of the vulnerability of [the complainant].

No one in public life should allow themselves to act in such an irresponsible and damaging way.

– Report by Nigel Pascoe QC

Portsmouth City Council has decided not to make the report public until legal proceedings are concluded, but it was leaked to the press today.

Hancock's 'victim': Lib Dems not taking claims seriously

A woman who accuses Mike Hancock of sexual assault has spoken to ITV News' Romilly Weeks about how she feels the Liberal Democrats are not taking her allegations seriously.

Mr Hancock denies the allegations and has said, via a spokesman, that it would not be appropriate to "give a running commentary" while legal proceedings are on-going.

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