Ex-Ukip mayor and would-be South Yorkshire police tsar in court on assault charge

Jack Clarkson speaks after losing the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election.
Jack Clarkson speaks after losing the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election.
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A FORMER police officer who became a UKIP councillor and mayor is to stand trial in Sheffield on a charge of assault.

Jack Clarkson, who is also a former candidate for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner post, became one of the first UKIP councillors in Sheffield.

He was then the local party’s leader in May 2014, and has served as Mayor of Stocksbridge since May 2015 - but ‘suspended himself’ from office as a councillor in August.

At the time, Sheffield City Council confirmed the suspension but did not comment on the reasons, while a spokesman for Sheffield UKIP said he had taken a ‘step back for the moment’ as he was ‘going through some personal problems’.

Now, police have revealed that he is to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court later this year.

No details of the alleged assault have been revealed.

Mr Clarkson previously worked for South Yorkshire Police for more than 30 years. He retired as an inspector at Deepcar in 2006.

He serves as a councillor on Sheffield Council’s Stocksbridge and Upper Don ward.

In October 2014, he stood against eventual winner Labour’s Dr Alan Billings for the role of police crime commissioner in a by-election triggered by the resignation of Shaun Wright after the Rotherham grooming scandal broke.

Mr Clarkson came second in the #1.6 million by-election, with just under 32 per cent of the vote, and was supported by UKIP leader Nigel Farage during his campaign.

In election pledges he promised to restore public confidence in the crisis-hit force. Mr Clarkson said on Twitter during his campaign: “I want to re-establish public trust and confidence. We need strong leadership and a new culture where crime is investigated.”

He also said: “I want to build a South Yorkshire Police force that is proud to put on the uniform and serve the public, the same way I did for 30 years.”

Mr Clarkson, who was also a member of various Sheffield Council committees before his suspension, could not be reached for comment.