Waveney: Disgraced councillor warned over ‘dangerous’ dog
A SHAMED councillor who was convicted of drink-driving and assaulting a police officer was in trouble with the law again the day after his court appearance when his “dangerous” dog bit a postman.
Andrew Draper – who resigned from the Conservative group on Waveney District Council last week after his actions caused a political storm – was given “strong words of advice” by police following the incident near his home in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, on Wednesday, August 24.
Police said the boxer dog was reported as “running loose” in Martin Close before it attacked the postman.
A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “Police received a call on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, reporting a man had been bitten by a boxer dog that was running loose in Martin Close in Carlton Colville.
“The bite had broken the skin on the man’s thigh.
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“The victim said he did not wish to take formal action against the owner of the dog but agreed to officers carrying out a community resolution – in this case giving strong words of advice to the owner to make sure the animal is kept under control.
“Officers have now recorded a crime of a dangerous dog causing injury in a public place and have spoken to the owner – a 37-year-old man – in connection with the incident.”
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It came the day after Draper, 37, who represents Worlingham, appeared before Lowestoft magistrates charged with drink-driving while three times over the legal-limit and assaulting a police officer.
The court heard that Draper, a self-employed residential landlord, became agitated in the police car on the way to the station after being stopped and kicked an inspector in the chest and knee as the police officer was trying to handcuff him.
He was banned from driving for two years and told to pay more than �800 in costs, fines and compensation.
Draper resigned from the council’s cabinet but was backed to remain as a Conservative councillor by group leader Colin Law.
But, following calls for him to resign or for the Tories to take stronger action, Draper announced last week he had resigned from the Conservative group – although he would remain as an independent member.
The move leaves the political balance at Waveney council on a knife-edge, with both Labour and the Tories having 23 councillors before Draper’s resignation.
The Tories have clung to power with the support of the council chairman, an independent, who has a casting vote, but Labour have said voters should decide whether Draper stays as a councillor.