POLICE have sent a file on Lib Dem Councillor Steve Hurst to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide if he will face criminal charges.
The police investigation follows the extraordinary doorstep dust-up in Belle Vale ward during the local elections.
Police interviewed Hurst, the Lib Dem chief whip, under caution over allegations that he was also at the centre of local election 'dirty tricks'.
They took detailed statements from a number of local residents in Belle Vale as well as Labour politicians.
It is also believed that they examined the mobile phone of one resident, who its believed, used it to take a photograph of Hurst at the time.
Residents say Hurst was caught delivering a fake leaflet purporting to be from 'a real socialist party - TUSP'.
When confronted by angry residents, there was a doorstep fracas during which, it's claimed, one resident was assaulted and damage was caused.
A decision from the CPS is expected within the next few weeks. The first we are likely to hear is if, and when, Hurst is charged with any offence.
A string of official complaints about Hurst's actions have already been made to city council chief executive Colin 'Cover Up' and the Chief Fire Officer, Tony McGurk who has already promised to dismiss any staff guilty of intimidation.
The phony leaflet was a clumsy and crude attempt to try and blacken the name of local Labour councillor Pauline Walton, whose husband is also a fireman.
The leaflet also broke election law by carrying no imprint giving the name and address of the organisation which had printed and published it.
So far Cover Up has done nothing about this - not even rousing himself to launch an official investigation (probably still too busy investigating the first Tony Parrish, ed).
Meanwhile the local media continue to maintain a wall of silence about all this. They have apparently decided to err on the side of discretion, unless and until, any charges result.
We now look forward to this new policy of sensitivity and discretion also being applied in the future to everyone else who is subject to a police investigation.