NO further action will be taken over allegations a former teacher was “thrown down the stairs” at a town council meeting. 

A police investigation was launched over claims Yarm’s Carole Jones was assaulted when she was ejected from a town council meeting by clerk Terry Chapman in May.

However, Cleveland Police has confirmed the matter has been closed for the time being due to “insufficient evidence”.

Ms Jones had been banned from the council for six months and she attended the turbulent May meeting the week her ban was due to end.

Reports a woman was “thrown down the stairs” and had to go to hospital with leg and arm injuries were passed to police shortly after the annual assembly.

It was revealed on Tuesday night that the town council had passed its own complaints to the force – claiming Ms Jones had “wasted police time” and harassed councillors and staff.

Meanwhile, Ms Jones has been banned from attending council meetings for another 12 months. Chairwoman Cllr Lyn Casey told council colleagues a letter had gone out to Ms Jones to inform her of her ban.

She said: “A letter has also gone out to her daughter who had posted on social media making allegations against the clerk.

“It was agreed at the last meeting that Bob (Wegg) and I would go to the police regarding the behaviour of that person and we know it is being investigated.”

Cllr Jason Hadlow added: “Obviously the police can see this is ongoing harassment against the council.”

Ill-feeling has brewed for months over a memorial garden on Snaith’s Field in the town.  

Ms Jones objects to the First World War garden and believes it should be preserved purely as a space for children to play on.

The grandmother protested on the field by erecting a tent last year and Mr Chapman asked her to leave a meeting in October no fewer than 12 times.

Ms Jones claimed she had been “tipped out of her chair” by Mr Chapman. When it came to the council, she said she was “appalled” by what they had done.

Ms Jones said: “They are supposed to represent the people of Yarm.

“I have never, ever been abusive towards them. I don’t know what their vendetta is against me but it’s absolutely awful."