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Bargain Hunt auctioneer charged with assault after ‘domestic incident’

Charles Hanson features regularly advising guests on the BBC show
Charles Hanson features regularly advising guests on the BBC show - MarkLaban/Hansons/Bournemouth News/Shutterstock

A Bargain Hunt auctioneer has been charged with assault following a “domestic incident”.

Charles Hanson, 45, who regularly appears on the BBC One programme advising teams on how to make a profit from antiques, is due to appear in court next month over the allegation.

Derbyshire Police said he was charged on December 14 with seven offences, including two of assault causing actual bodily harm, one of controlling and coercive behaviour and two counts of assault by beating.

Derbyshire Police told The Telegraph it was “called to reports of a domestic incident at an address in Church Road, Quarndon in June”.

The force said: “A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of assault and was released on police bail while enquiries continued.

“On December 14, Charles Hanson was charged with seven alleged offences.”

A statement added: “The 45-year-old was released on police bail to appear at Southern Derbyshire magistrates’ court on 10 January.”

Pictured at home near Mackworth Village are auctioneer Charles Hanson and his fiancee Rebecca Ludlam. The pair are due to get married at All Saints church
Charles Hanson with his wife Rebecca Ludlam - Derbyshire Telegraph/BPM

Youngest Bargain Hunt expert

Hanson first appeared on Bargain Hunt in 2002 at the age of 25, making him the youngest expert on the team, and has since appeared regularly on Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip.

Having begun his career in 1999 in the ceramics and glass department at Christie’s, Hanson later formed an auctioneering business in Derbyshire in 2005 and launched Hansons London in 2018.

Hanson met his wife Rebecca Ludlam, 40, a diagnostic radiographer, in 2008 and they married two years later at All Saints Church in Mackworth, in front of 150 close friends and family members.

The Sun reported that Hanson, who is a chartered surveyor, is understood to have moved out of a six-bedroom home in a small Derbyshire village.

In a statement, Hanson told MailOnline: “I deny all the charges. I have never behaved aggressively or unlawfully towards my family.

“We have been through some difficult times in our marriage and it is extremely sad that this has become a criminal matter. I will be cooperating fully with the investigation and legal process.”

The Telegraph understands that Hanson is not expected to appear on BBC shows in the near future.

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