Andrew Draper, 37, who represents Worlingham ward and lives in Carlton Colville, has issued a statement today saying he will remain on the council as an independent councillor.
Draper pleaded guilty to drink driving and kicking out at a police officer when he appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court last week - prompting calls for his resignation. He was banned from driving for two years and told to pay fines, costs and compensation of more than £800.
My comment: Compare the fine to the sentence most others would get for assaulting a police officer. In any event do Worlingham residents really want a criminal as a councillor?
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UPDATE 5/10/2011: Waveney: Council unable to take action against shamed councillor.
A WAVENEY district councillor convicted of drink driving and assaulting a police inspector will face no action from the authority - after a committee “condemned” his conduct but found it was powerless to do anything.
Today the council’s assessment sub-committee, which looked in to two allegations against Mr Draper, revealed it was “appalled” by his actions but powerless to act. It now plans to write to parliament to urge the government to “rectify this ridiculous gap in the law.”
My comment: If a Council can't get rid if a drunken driver who kicks Police Officers then the system need changing. They are right to ask the Government to rectify this ridiculous situation.
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