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14 November 2011, 12:19
A man has been charged after a Middlesbrough MP was pelted with eggs at the end of a Remembrance Day parade.
Middlesbrough's mayor, ex police officer Ray "Robocop'' Mallon, stepped in to make a citizen's arrest when the town's Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell came under attack.
Cleveland Police said a 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault and charged.
He was granted bail to appear before Teesside Magistrates' Court.
A force spokeswoman said: "During the memorial service a local MP was hit on the head with an egg.''
A man shouted abuse at Sir Stuart after the parade had ended and threw two or three eggs, one of which hit him on the head.
The mayor grabbed a man by the arm and took him to the side of Linthorpe Road where he held on to him until police arrived some minutes later.
Mr Mallon was unable to comment on the incident as he was due to make a statement to police, his spokesman said.
He made a name for himself while working as a detective with Cleveland Police for his no-nonsense approach.
It is understood the man who attacked Sir Stuart was a constituent engaged in a long-running dispute with the MP.