Bingo 'tiff' led to bust-up

A PARISH councillor's future may be reviewed after she shoved her disabled neighbour during a "tiff" at a bingo session.Carol Beer, 57, has now received an informal warning from Sudbury police after a complaint from multiple sclerosis sufferer Molly Kirby – who says she was left shocked and bruised following the bust-up at the Community Drop-In Centre at Poplar Road, Great Cornard, on May 25.

A PARISH councillor's future may be reviewed after she shoved her disabled neighbour during a "tiff" at a bingo session.

Carol Beer, 57, has now received an informal warning from Sudbury police after a complaint from multiple sclerosis sufferer Molly Kirby – who says she was left shocked and bruised following the bust-up at the Community Drop-In Centre at Poplar Road, Great Cornard, on May 25.

Ms Kirby, who lives just two-doors away from Miss Beer in Great Cornard, is now making an official complaint to the Standards Board for England, which regulates the conduct of councillors.

"I want her banned from being a councillor," she said.

The incident happened during a Tuesday afternoon bingo session at the centre, which is run on behalf of the parish council by a team of volunteers, which includes both Ms Kirby and Miss Beer, a Great Cornard parish councillor.

The pair allegedly became embroiled in a dispute over who was making refreshments when Miss Beer – whose brother Peter Beer is chairman of the parish council – is alleged to have shoved her.

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Ms Kirby says she was pushed off her feet – but Miss Beer denies the shove was that hard.

Ms Kirby, who has suffered with MS for 30 years, claimed: "I was at the centre making refreshments for the bingo when she shoved me off my feet.

"We have been neighbours for several years so she knows about my MS and how unsteady I am on my feet. I was very shaken up, but I carried on with the bingo as I didn't want to let everybody down, but when I got home I decided to call the police."

Ms Kirby, who is aged in her 50s, added: "I have now sent a letter to the Standards Board for England to make an official complaint. This is no way for a councillor to act and I want her taken off the council."

Yesterday Miss Beer, who has been a councillor for just over a year, admitted she did overreact when shoving her neighbour, but dismissed the incident as nothing more than a tiff. She also denied the claims that Ms Kirby was knocked off her feet.

"I was a bit stressed out because I have just lost my nephew in a car accident and I did push her.

"I did overreact and I regret what I have done, but I didn't see her lose her footing at all, it was just a little shove. As far as I am concerned we haven't had any problems before and this was just a little tiff and that should be the end of it. I would like to talk to Molly again, but I don't think she wants to."

Last night parish chairman Peter Beer said he knew nothing of the incident involving his sister, but added: "If anyone makes a complaint the council will deal with it by following the usual procedure. I would always hope a councillor would act responsible towards any member of the public."

A spokesman for the Standards Board for England said it had not yet received a complaint concerning Great Cornard Parish Council, but said it would look into the matter if a complaint were received.

Last night a Suffolk police spokesman confirmed it had made inquiries following an incident at the Drop-In Centre in Great Cornard.

"Following a reported incident at the Community Drop-In Centre at Great Cornard in which a 56-year-old woman was shouted out and pushed, another woman was talked to by the police and given an informal warning."

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