St Helens referee Steve Ganson bailed over alleged assault

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RUGBY league referee Steve Ganson has been bailed after being arrested in connection with an alleged assault that has left an 87-year-old woman seriously injured.

Sthelensstar.co.uk revealed how Ganson was taken into police custody following an altercation outside a wedding at the Holiday Inn hotel in Haydock during the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was questioned by detectives at St Helens police station on suspicion of a section 20 assault (causing GBH without intent) before being bailed until a date in October.

The elderly woman suffered serious injuries in an alleged assault and is in Whiston Hospital.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Officers were called to the hotel just after midnight following reports of an altercation involving several people.

"On arrival they arrested a 40-year-old St Helens man on suspicion of Section 20 assault.

"An 87-year-old woman, also from St Helens, was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured hip and cuts to her arm.

"She is currently undergoing treatment there.

"No-one else was arrested during the incident, which happened outside the hotel in Lodge Lane."

Ganson, 40, one of six full time officials employed by the RFL, was due to be video referee for Warrington Wolves clash with Catalans Dragons.

But he had to be replaced by Ian Smith.

Do you know what happened outside the Holiday Inn? Contact the Star's newsroom on 01744 762766 or email the newsdesk.

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