Saturday, 19 August 2017

No action over claim against ex-Mayor

POLICE say no further action will taken against a former Mayor of Henley accused of harassment by

POLICE say no further action will taken against a former Mayor of Henley accused of harassment by a serving councillor.

Councillor Dylan Thomas, a member of the ruling Conservative party on Henley Town Council, lodged a complaint relating to a claim of alleged “verbal abuse” by Ken Arlett, chairman of Henley’s UKIP branch, at the mayor-making ceremony in May.

Cllr Thomas made an allegation against Mr Arlett under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to Thames Valley Police last month.

Officers have now concluded their investigation.

A force spokeswoman said: “The investigation into an allegation of harassment between June 2015 and May 2016 in Henley has concluded and no further action will be taken at this time.



“However, this will be reviewed pending any new information coming to light.”

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

South Oxfordshire District Council has received complaints alleging harassment involving serving and former Henley town councillors.

Mr Arlett and former mayor Lorraine Hillier, who is still a councillor, have made complaints about Cllr Thomas.

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

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

The council has said it will make an “initial assessment to decide whether to take action in due course”.



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