Press boss Danny Lockwood in the clear

Press boss Danny Lockwood in the clear

PRESS publisher Danny Lockwood has been told by West Yorkshire Police that he faces no further action over allegations of racially aggravated harassment at the Dewsbury offices of MP Paula Sherriff.

Mr Lockwood was on holiday with his wife on Monday when a detective inspector from Kirklees CID rang him to say there was no match with a DNA sample on material believed to have been deposited on the MP’s office doorstep in Wellington Road.

Police have refused to confirm the exact nature of the offences.

He was told he did not need to answer bail, which had been set when he was arrested on his way to work on September 17 by four cars of armed police.

Although police have not confirmed the nature of the racist material, it is understood to be pieces of foil or silver paper, twisted into swastika shapes. 

Someone discarded them there on three occasions, twice during daytime when a suspect was caught on CCTV, and once at night, between July 3 and August 17.

Despite Mr Lockwood being able to fully account for his movements on all three occasions and offering to attend the police station for interview, plus the MPs’ staff saying the CCTV image was not of The Press owner, Kirklees Police commander Chief Supt Julie Sykes authorised a national ‘wanted’ alert which led to the deployment of armed officers.

Mr Lockwood said: “I suppose it’s a kind of relief, even though I believed this to be a trumped-up smear campaign by Chief Supt Sykes or her staff all along. 

“Having said that, Kirklees Police sent someone out to my home in York to hand-deliver a cancellation of bail notice, which stipulates that police may still re-arrest and prosecute me if they manage to dig up new evidence. I guess they live in hope.”

He added: “I’ve put the questions I now want answering to Chief Supt Sykes once again, but I don’t expect a reply. 

“As such I’ll be lodging a formal complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission – and that’s just for starters.

“I suspect Sykes thought she could inconvenience me at the very least and possibly intimidate me into silence. 

“She thought wrong.”

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