Labour councillor given conditional caution relating to common assault on fellow councillor

John Shearman
John Shearman

A Labour councillor has been given a conditional caution in relation to a common assault on another councillor.

Councillor John Shearman, member for Park Ward on Peterborough City Council, will write a letter of apology to his victim.

A further allegation of common assault against Cllr Shearman, against a second councillor, has been dealt with by way of community resolution and another letter of apology.

Both incidents occurred during an evening meeting of the Full Council on May 23, with Cllr Shearman seen to be involved in an altercation with Conservative member Cllr David Seaton once proceedings had concluded.

Police have not taken action against anyone else involved in the incidents.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “A city councillor has been given a conditional caution in relation to a common assault on another councillor on May 23 at Peterborough Town Hall. The condition was to write a letter of apology to the victim, which was accepted.

“Another allegation of common assault against the same councillor, relating to a second victim, also a councillor, was dealt with by way of community resolution and another letter of apology.”

Cllr Shearman said: “In view of the fact I intend to register a complaint against the police over their lack of impartiality in the way they have dealt with this matter, I have no comment to make at this time.”