Sunday, 18 November 2012

Haringey Council suspends senior finance officer

One officer, a senior member of the council’s finance unit, has been suspended following allegations of “misuse of resources”.

They were suspended at roughly the same time as problems were discovered with last year’s accounts. 

And 12 public servants are currently suspended on full pay for a variety of allegations, from assault and negligence to behaviour and theft.

Of those, three have been suspended for eight months while investigations take place.

Read the full story from the source Ham & High

Former Labour MP received £53,000 by making false expenses claims

Former Labour MP Margaret Moran received £53,000 by making false expenses claims, a court has heard.

The 57-year-old, of Ivy Road, St Denys, Southampton, is accused of 15 charges of false accounting and six of using a false instrument over the claims for parliamentary expenses.

Prosecutor Peter Wright QC told the jury her claims made between 2004 and 2008 totalled around £60,000, and that Moran received around £53,000 to which she was not entitled.

The former politician was found unfit to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court due to mental health issues, so the proceedings are taking place in her absence.

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle

Police worker coaxed children into performing webcam 'sex shows'

A Police worker who coaxed children into performing webcam sex shows has been locked up.
Paedophile Ashley Whitfield used animated kids’ web-chat site ‘Habbo Hotel’ to find victims late at night.

Children as young as ten posed indecently for him via webcams in their bedrooms as their parents slept unawares.

The PCSO, who secretly recorded the images, won his victims’ trust by pretending to be a teenager.
In reality, Whitfield, 25, was a serving police community support officer with a secret obsession with child porn.

He sobbed in the dock as he was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court. He had admitted six counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child, and 13 counts of possessing child pornography at an earlier hearing.

Read the full story from the source Daily Mail

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Wiltshire councillor suspended from Conservative group

A Wiltshire councillor who was reprimanded for mistreating a member of staff, has been suspended from the council's Conservative group.

Chris Humphries, who represents Aldbourne and Ramsbury, was found guilty of five breaches of Wiltshire Council's code of conduct last month.

A Conservative group spokesman said he had been suspended for three months and must undergo "officer relationship training" before being reinstated.

Read the full story from the source BBC News

Barnet councillor kicked off council committees over assault charge

Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman was last night removed from the council’s Conservative group and ousted from three committees after appearing in court charged with assaulting a woman.

But Cllr Coleman will still be able to claim a basic members’ allowance of £10,597 as an independent councillor representing Totteridge ward.

Read the full story from the source Ham & High

Councillor urged to resign after criminal conviction

CONVICTED criminal Brian Silvester has been urged to ‘do the decent thing’ and resign from Cheshire East Council.

A fellow Conservative councillor has stepped forward to question Cllr Silvester’s political future after he was fined £45,000 for putting lives at risk at his rented-out property in Crewe.

The unnamed councillor believes Cllr Silvester – who was also a one-time Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate – can no longer represent the people of Cheshire East.

Read the full story from the source Crewe Chronicle

MP resigns over false invoices

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane has quit as an MP after he wrongfully claimed at least £7,500 in expenses.

A Parliamentary committee found he had submitted 19 false invoices which were "plainly intended to deceive" Parliament's expenses authority.

The committee said it was the "gravest case" which has come to them for adjudication.

Mr MacShane, who has has repaid the money, said he wanted to take responsibility for his mistakes.

Read the full story from the source BBC News

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Misconduct hearing for deputy chief Bonnard

The hearing has been announced to start on Monday, November 12, and could last up to three weeks. Police say the hearing will be held in private.

Mr Bonnard will face seven allegations of gross misconduct. It follows a managed investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission following a referral from Cleveland Police Authority in August last year.

One matter of potential gross misconduct has been deferred pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy. Mr Bonnard remains suspended from duty.

Read the full story from the source Hartlepool Mail

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Council chief is suspended from his post

The top council officer on the Scilly Isles is likely to face scrutiny after an investigation was yesterday ordered into his conduct.

Philip Hygate was suspended from his £110,000 post as chief executive following a behind closed doors meeting of senior councillors.

The decision was described as a "neutral act" to allow an inquiry.

Read the full story from the source This is Cornwall

Ex-Met DC jailed over false statements

A former detective who botched rape and sexual assault cases and then tried to cover up his failings has been jailed for 16 months.

Ryan Coleman-Farrow, 30, was sentenced for a string of failures linked to 13 cases, including falsely claiming that a rape victim had dropped charges and falsifying witness statements.

He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of misconduct in a public office at Southwark Crown Court last month.

The charges relate to rape and sexual assault investigations between January 2007 and September 2010 while Coleman-Farrow was a Detective Constable for the Metropolitan Police.

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle

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