A Conservative City Councillor in Peterborough has made the national news, after a Scotland Yard investigation ruled in favour of a woman after she made a complaint alleging that Cllr Andy Coles had deceived her into a sexual relationship.
Recent media reports
- Tory councillor brother of Reverend Richard Coles ‘DID have sex with 19-year-old animal rights activist’
- Met upholds complaint of woman ‘deceived’ by undercover officer
- ‘My boyfriend was a police spy’
Who is Andy Coles?
Conservative Councillor Andy Coles, represents Fletton and Woodston, was first elected in 2015. He has so far received £48,874 as a councillor and is set to receive even more.
From July 2015 to May 2016 he was also the council cabinet member with responsibility for Children Services, but has since stepped down from this role.
3 years ago, Coles also resigned as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, claiming media coverage had “significantly impacted his ability” to conduct his duties.
So what’s the crux?
As reported in the media, the inquiry said Coles would have faced a disciplinary hearing on a charge of gross misconduct if he had not already retired from the Metropolitan police in 2013.
An officer found guilty of gross misconduct is likely to be sacked.
The woman, known only as Jessica, is also taking legal action against the Met, alleging that Coles “groomed and manipulated” her. She said she was “naive, idealistic, unsophisticated and a very young 19” when she started a sexual relationship with him.
What about locally?
Over the last couple of years, local residents have protested outside and inside the Town Hall in Peterborough, which even led to the Public Gallery being closed by the then Mayor, Cllr John Fox (an ex-Police Officer), for around a year.
Worth noting …
Mr Coles has previous blasted the claims as ‘lurid’ and denied he was intimate with the woman …..
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