FORMER Chester City FC owner Stephen Vaughan and his son were arrested in connection with an incident which left a police officer with a fractured cheek.
Businessman Vaughan, 48, and Stephen Vaughan Jnr, 25, a former Chester City FC captain, were at the Jug and Bottle hotel and restaurant on Sunday, April 4, close to Vaughan Snr's Heswall home at the time of a disturbance at about 10.10pm.
The pair, along with a 29-year-old man from Neston, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray and assault of a police officer.
Nicola Davies of Merseyside Police said: "The officer was investigating the disturbance at the Jug and Bottle Hotel when he was assaulted by three men at around 10.55pm on nearby Thurstaston Road in Heswall. The men then left the scene in a dark-coloured Audi car.
"The 28-year-old officer was treated in hospital for a fractured cheek bone and bruising to his head and body.
"A 29-year-old man from Neston and two men from Heswall aged 25 and 48 were arrested on suspicion of affray and assault of a police officer after the incident.
"The three men have been released on police bail until May pending further enquiries."
Vaughan Snr took over as chairman and majority shareholder of Chester City FC in 2001 but following relegation back to the Conference last year the club was wound-up at the High Court in March over an unpaid tax bill.
Former Liverpool reserve Vaughan Jnr made 80 appearances for Chester before he signed for Marine last month.
The Chronicle contacted Vaughan Snr but he was unavailable for comment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to ring Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.