Ardleigh: Councillor abuse charge case dropped

A CHARGE against a traveller accused of yelling abuse at two councillors after a planning meeting has been dropped.

Will Banks was accused of verbally abusing two members of Tendring District Council after planning permission for his caravan on a site at Crockleford Heath, near Ardleigh, was refused.

The incident is alleged to have happened in the car park of the council’s offices in Weeley in June last year.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said the case against Mr Banks had been dropped due to “conflicting evidence’’.

Mr Banks’ wife Jo said: “This has been hanging over our heads for 10 months and we’re relieved that it is now all over. We are looking forward to putting this behind us and getting on with our lives.”

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A complaint was made by councillor Sarah Candy, who had asked for the planning application to be rejected, and by councillor Tony Fawcett, who had backed the motion.

It related to words allegedly said following the meeting.

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Both councillors were unavailable for comment yesterday.

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