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South Lanarkshire Council deputy leader charged by police

The deputy leader of South Lanarkshire Council has been charged by police after an alleged incident last month.

Councillor Jackie Burns, 52, who represents the Larkhall ward, has also been suspended by the Labour Party.

Police said a 52-year-old man has been reported to prosecutors. The Crown Office said it was considering a report concerning an alleged incident on 18 September involving a 52-year-old man.

The council confirmed that Mr Burns had been suspended by his party.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "We can confirm that a 52-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with an incident."

A spokesman for the Crown Office said: "The procurator fiscal has received a report concerning a 52-year-old man in connection with an alleged incident said to have occurred on 18 September 2016.

"The report remains under consideration."

A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council said: "The council has been informed that Councillor Burns has been suspended by his party, and the council leader has advised that Councillor Burns will cease to represent the Labour Party on the council while he is suspended."

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