Architect grabbed man by the throat at council offices

Glenn Eldridge with his letter from the CPS. ANL-140207-130125001

Glenn Eldridge with his letter from the CPS. ANL-140207-130125001

Architect Jerry Harrall was given a police caution on Tuesday for grabbing a man by the throat at South Holland District Council’s offices.

Victim Glenn Eldridge (43), of Little London, Long Sutton, expected to give evidence at Dr Harrall’s two-day trial in Lincoln this week – but heard on Thursday the 53-year-old had admitted the assault after pleading not guilty in court.

A letter to Mr Eldridge from the Crown Prosecution Service says Dr Harrall “has admitted to the police that he did in fact grab you by the throat as described in your statement”.

The incident happened on October 23 on the landing outside the council chamber after the planning committee passed controversial plans for eco homes on the Butterfly Park.

Mr Eldridge wasn’t injured, but says: “I couldn’t let him get away with it. It’s out of order.”

Planning chairman Roger Gambba-Jones said he wouldn’t support council sanctions against Dr Harrall.

He said: “He (Dr Harrall) did what he did and the system has decided the actions it’s going to take and I think that’s where it should be parked and left.”

Dr Harrall declined to comment.


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