The former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority has appeared in court charged with intimidating a witness.
The court heard that Dave McLuckie tried to get the witness to stop co-operating with police, while he was the subject of a corruption investigation.
He denies the allegation.
Dan Ashby sent this report from Newcastle Crown court for our lunchtime bulletin on Wednesday:
More top news
Emma brings you Sunday night's forecast
Alfie suffered a fracture to his left frontal sinus area and the hammer caused a depression in the bone.
Supermarket chain issue recall of certain packets of Ready to Eat Peppered Beef Slices after testing identified 'low levels of Listeria'.