Licensing committee councillor faces bouncer assault trial

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Image caption Matthew Bryan was elected to Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2015

A councillor who sat on his local authority's licensing committee is due to stand trial for assault after an altercation with a doorman at a bar.

Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Matthew Bryan was arrested in February after the Chester city centre incident.

Mr Bryan denied common assault and using threatening or abusive language behaviour when he appeared before the city's magistrates on 23 March.

He was bailed until 7 November when he will stand trial at the same court.

Mr Bryan, of Kings Crescent West, said he "challenged the behaviour of a member of security staff" at a bar on Watergate Street.

The 29-year-old said he would write to the city's Pub Watch scheme to discuss its decision to ban him from all of its members' premises pending the legal proceedings.

He also said he has stepped down as vice-chair of his council's committee responsible for alcohol licences.

Mr Bryan, who has been suspended by the Labour Party in light of the assault charge, was elected to the authority in 2015, when control shifted from the Conservatives.

He said the decision to suspend him had been made "without prejudice" and he will still vote with his Labour colleagues, who have a majority of one on the authority.

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