A senior councillor who confronted a knifeman after claiming police failed to respond to two calls for help has been convicted of assault.
But Martin Heatley (pictured) was given an absolute discharge at Birmingham Crown Court after it heard how two men, one of them brandishing a knife, had verbally abused his partner at the charity shop where she worked.
Heatley, a Conservative who represents the Nuneaton Whitestone ward on Warwickshire County Council, challenged the men and then slapped and kicked one of them.
Heatley, the council's cabinet member for environmental services, was not available for comment yesterday.
However, a Warwickshire Police spokeswoman said an internal investigation was carried out into a complaint about the police response and the Heatley family was satisfied with the outcome.
The court was told Heatley confronted the men, James Geddes and Michael Brandon, outside the charity shop in Bedworth, Warwickshire.
The duo had previously been confronted by Heatley's partner after they were seen to be looking through a skip that contained clothes from the British Heart Foundation shop.
Heatley's partner told the men to stop taking things from the skip, but was verbally abused. She returned to the shop and locked the door when, the court heard, Mr Brandon pulled out a knife.
She called the police but when no one arrived she rang Heatley who turned up and confronted the two men.
He was said to have been involved in a scuffle with Mr Brandon, and then slapped and kicked Mr Geddes before chasing him towards the nearby civic hall.
David Jones, defending, said as well as the telephone call from the shop, Heatley had asked a friend, a JP, to make a second call while he went to the property.
Heatley (62), of Faultlands Farm, Gipsy Lane, Nuneaton, had originally pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court in December to assaulting Mr Geddes in March last year.
He had also denied assaulting Mr Brandon causing him actual bodily harm.
The case was transferred to Birmingham after it was pointed out that Heatley knows judges at Warwick, including Resident Judge Richard Cole.
Heatley appeared at the Birmingham court on Monday and changed his plea on the charge involving Mr Geddes, by admitting assault and using threatening words and behaviour.
Those pleas were accepted by prosecutor Kristina Montgomery, and Heatley was formally found not guilty of assaulting Mr Brandon.