Former Burnley Mayor vows to clear his name after assault charges

BURNLEY MAYOR MAKING 2011: The new Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun. David Heginbotham and Mrs Joan Heginbotham at Burnley Town Hall.'Photo Ben Parsons
BURNLEY MAYOR MAKING 2011: The new Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun. David Heginbotham and Mrs Joan Heginbotham at Burnley Town Hall.'Photo Ben Parsons

A former Mayor of Burnley has vowed to clear his name after being charged with assault.

Coun. David Heginbotham, the Conservative member for Cliviger and Worsthorne, has had to leave his family home after police charged him with two counts of assault and driving with excess alcohol.

The 75-year-old, who was Mayor of Burnley in 2011-12, told the Express he will fight the allegations that he assaulted his wife Joan and step-daughter Michelle Lord.

He said: “I have had to leave the family home I built 34 years ago, which I feel very aggrieved over.

“I will be pleading not guilty and will fight these allegations to the bitter end to clear my name.”

The councillor of 20 years, who runs his own property company, was arrested following an incident at the family home in Park Road, Cliviger, on July 4th, Lancashire Police confirmed.

Coun. Heginbotham has vowed to continue serving on Burnley Borough Council pending the outcome of the court case, which will be held before Burnley magistrates on August 25th.

He currently sits on Burnley Council’s Development Control Committee and Scrutiny Committee.

He added: “I have no intention of standing down from the council as I wish to continue serving the people of Cliviger and Worsthorne as I have for so many years.”

Coun. Heginbotham is currently on police bail not to contact the two people involved in the allegations.