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Manchester City Council leader held over assault claim

Sir Richard Leese
Sir Richard accepted the police caution

The leader of Manchester City Council has been cautioned by police after an allegation of assault against his 16-year-old step-daughter.

Sir Richard Leese, a Labour councillor, was arrested at his home in the Crumpsall area of the city on Monday.

He was taken to Pendleton police station in Salford and was released on Tuesday after accepting a caution.

It is believed a complaint of physical assault was made by Sir Richard's step-daughter.

'Private matter'

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to a property in Westbury Road in Crumpsall at 2300 BST on Monday following allegations that a 16-year-old girl had been assaulted.

"Police attended and spoke to the girl who had sustained a minor injury to her ear," the statement said.

"A 58-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault and was cautioned in relation to the matter."

A police spokesman said Sir Richard had been held until shortly before 1800 BST on Tuesday.

He also confirmed that no further action would be taken.

In a statement, the Labour group, which runs Manchester City Council, said: "Councillor Leese was detained last night following an incident at home.

"He was released today with a caution, and there is no further legal action pending.

"This was a private matter which the family now consider closed."

A police caution is a formal warning given to adults who admit they are guilty of a first-time minor offence.

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