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Southend United assistant manager Dave Penney denies assault

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Image caption Dave Penney is accused of assaulting a police officer hours after Southend's dramatic play-off final win

Southend United's assistant manager has appeared in court charged with assaulting a police officer following the club's promotion to League One.

David Penney, 50, pleaded not guilty at Southend Magistrates' Court. He also denies charges of assault and criminal damage in Eastern Esplanade on 24 May.

The alleged incident occurred at 03:00 BST in Southend after the team had returned to the town to celebrate.

They won their play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers the previous day.

Mr Penney, of Castleford, West Yorkshire, will return to Basildon Magistrates' Court on 26 October.

The first-team squad continued celebrations into Monday 25 May when an open top bus parade took them around the town accompanied by cheering fans.

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Image caption Southend won the League Two play-off final at Wembley just hours before the alleged assaults

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