British TV legend Stephen Tompkinson ‘abused father so badly he had a double skull fracture’

TV detective Stephen Tompkinson allegedly assaulted a father so badly that he suffered a double skull fracture.

The 56-year-old DCI Banks star is facing a trial charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm.

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British legend Stephen Tompkinson, 56, faces trial in the Crown Judge and up to five years in prison if found guilty of GBH, pictured: with Jessica JohnsonCredit: Rex
TV agent known for his role in DCI Banks allegedly assaulted a father so much that he suffered a double skull fracture

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TV agent known for his role in DCI Banks allegedly assaulted a father so much that he suffered a double skull fractureCredit: Justin Slee
He was charged after a nighttime raid, pictured: Stephen in the BBC series 'Ballykissangel' with his real life partner Dervla Kirwan

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He was charged after a nighttime raid, pictured: Stephen in the BBC series ‘Ballykissangel’ with his real life partner Dervla KirwanCredit: PA: Press Association

He was charged after a nighttime raid allegedly outside a house where he lived in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

Tompkinson, who denies the charges, can also be seen in TV’s Wild at Heart and Ballykissangel, and the hit film Brassed Off.

Telly favorite Stephen faces a GBH charge with a maximum jail term of five years if convicted.

The alleged victim is said to have suffered a double skull fracture and is unable to work.

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Prosecutors allege that Tompkinson “illegally and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm”.

Tompkinson appeared in North Tyneside court earlier this month, where he pleaded not guilty.

The charges are so serious that he had to be sent to the Crown Court for a jury trial.

It followed a nighttime break-in that reportedly took place in May last year outside the home where the star lived in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

It is clear that the alleged victim has little recollection of the incident.

Tompkinson has appeared in a string of television hits, including the lead role in the ITV police series DCI Banks, which ran for five seasons from 2010 to 2016.

He first rose to fame in the early 1990s as a rogue reporter in the classic comedy Drop The Dead Donkey. He won the 1994 British Comedy Award for Best TV Actor for the show.

He became a household name as Father Peter Clifford in Ballykissangel in 1996 – the same year he helped make Brassed Off a cinema hit.

‘Injury’

He has appeared in numerous other popular shows, including Wild at Heart, The Manageress, Minder, Boon, New Tricks, Grafters and Ted and Alice.

Tompkinson will star in ITV drama The Long Shadow, about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, later this year.

When asked to comment on the lawsuit at his seaside flat in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, he said, “No, thank you.”

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson confirmed that the actor appeared before magistrates on Wednesday, August 10, to face “a single charge of causing grievous bodily harm.”

He added: “He pleaded not guilty and will then appear in Newcastle court on Wednesday 7 September.”

Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, Tompkinson recently starred as Frank Bryant in a stage adaptation of Educating Rita, opposite his real life partner Jess Johnson, 41.

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The piece was launched in 2019 but was interrupted due to the pandemic.

The twice-divorced star was previously married to radio producer Celia Anastasia and publicist Nicci Taylor.

Tompkinson, who denies the charges, also appeared in New Tricks

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Tompkinson, who denies the charges, also appeared in New TricksCredit: BBC
The alleged victim would have become incapacitated for work

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The alleged victim would have become incapacitated for workCredit: ITV Handout
Tompkinson has appeared in a string of television hits, including Grafters

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Tompkinson has appeared in a string of television hits, including GraftersCredit: GTV
A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said the actor appeared before magistrates on Aug. 10, pictured: Stephen in Drop the Dead Donkey

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A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said the actor appeared before magistrates on Aug. 10, pictured: Stephen in Drop the Dead DonkeyCredit: Channel 4
The spokesperson said he is facing 'a single charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm'

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The spokesperson said he is facing ‘a single charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm’Credit: BBC

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