Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Wrexham councillor rejects harassment charge

This story appeared in today's Leader and LeaderLive

TWO newly re-elected members of Wrexham Council are involved in a bitter dispute.

A long-serving community leader is taking legal advice after being served with a harassment notice by a fellow councillor.

The action against Cllr Malcolm King, who represents Wynnstay ward on Wrexham Council,  has been taken by fellow Caia Park councillor Keith Gregory. Both also serve on Caia Park Community Council.

Cllr Keith Gregory, who represents neighbouring Smithfield ward, lodged a complaint with the police against Cllr King

Speaking last night Labour Cllr King confirmed he had been served with a harassment notice and said he would be strongly defending himself against the accusations levelled at him.

“I reject the allegations which have been made against me. The serving of this notice is ridiculous,” he said. “There has not been proper consideration of the evidence involved.

“I am taking legal advice and I will certainly have more to say on this matter at a later
date. For now I can’t add anything further.”

Independent Cllr Gregory said on May 2 he was at home in Colwyn Road, Wrexham.

It was the day before the local government elections were held.

Cllr Gregory and his family were just about to have an early evening meal. His four-year-old daughter Katie spotted some people in the front garden of the house.

“I went to investigate. There was a group of four people in the garden. One of them was Cllr King,” said Cllr Gregory.

“I was the victim of insults shouted at me. I couldn’t believe what was happening and felt I really shocked.

“My daughter was crying. This was absolutely disgraceful behaviour. No-one should have to tolerate it.”

Cllr Gregory is planning to make complaints to Wrexham Council and the Local Government Ombudsman.

A spokeswoman for Wrexham Council said the local authority had no comment to make at the moment.

In the local elections Cllr Gregory was re-elected in Smithfield with a 57 vote majority over Labour candidate Patricia Williams.

Cllr King, who founded The Venture children’s and young persons centre in Caia Park in 1978 and lives in Ruthin, had a resounding victory in Wynnstay.

He polled 337 votes compared to 57 for Plaid Cymru candidate Stephen Jones and 13 for Liberal Democrat John Smith.

He is now the lead member for policy, finance, performance and governance on Wrexham Council and is a governor of Alexandra Infants and Junior Primary School and Rhosnesni High School, both Wrexham.
 This is how we reported on this back on the 2nd May this year - Labour's Politics of intimidation

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