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Montgomeryshire AM Mick Bates to face court hearing

Mick Bates AM
Mick Bates has been suspended from the Welsh Liberal Democrats

An assembly member accused of assaulting a paramedic has been summonsed to appear in court to face common assault and public order claims.

Mick Bates, the Liberal Democrat AM for Montgomeryshire, has also been suspended from the Welsh Lib Dems pending the outcome of the case.

The allegations relate to an incident in Cardiff in January.

South Wales Police said a 62-year-old man had been summonsed to appear in court. He has not been charged.

A date was not released for a court appearance.

A police spokeswoman said: "South Wales Police has reported a 62-year-old man from Welshpool for summons to court for common assault and public order offences."

In a statement, Welsh Lib Dem chief executive Joanne Foster said: "This afternoon, Mick Bates was told by South Wales Police that he will be summonsed at a future date for various offences following an incident in Cardiff on January 20.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats regard this matter with the utmost seriousness.

"Therefore, Mr Bates's membership of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has been suspended, pending the outcome of the case."



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