Thursday, 14 December 2017

Councillor complains to police of harassment

POLICE and council officials have received complaints alleging harassment involving serving and former Henley town councillors.

POLICE and council officials have received complaints alleging harassment involving serving and former Henley town councillors.

One complaint relates to a claim by Councillor Dylan Thomas, a member of the ruling Conservative party, of alleged “verbal abuse” by Ken Arlett at the mayor-making ceremony on May 9.

Cllr Thomas made an allegation against Mr Arlett, a former mayor and chairman of Henley’s UKIP branch, under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and Thames Valley Police confirmed a complaint had been received.

Mr Arlett, of Elizabeth Road, called the allegations “an absolute pack of lies”.

Meanwhile, he and former mayor Lorraine Hillier, who is still a serving councillor, have made complaints about Cllr Thomas to South Oxfordshire District Council.



Cllr Thomas, a former army officer, who lives in Northfield End, strongly denies these.

He said he had also complained about Cllr Hillier to the district council. She has denied his allegations.

Thames Valley Police confirmed they had received a complaint on May 12.

A spokeswoman said: “We are investigating an allegation of harassment which was reported to have occurred between June 1, 2015 and May 12, 2016.

She said this “includes a report of verbal abuse at a public meeting on May 9 in Henley.”

A spokeswoman for the district council added: “The council has received complaints relating to these Henley councillors and will look into them in due course.”



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