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FURY PROMPTS APOLOGY OVER MENTAL HEALTH 'INSULTS'

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The chairman of Breckland DC has apologised after describing those with mental health problems as 'nutty'....
The chairman of Breckland DC has apologised after describing those with mental health problems as 'nutty'.

The remarks were made at a full council meeting following a presentation by directors of the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership Trust.

A statement issued later by Breckland read: 'Roy Rudling would like to issue an unreserved apology for remarks attributed to him in the media today.

'Mr.Rudling said: 'I certainly didn't mean to make any remarks that could cause offence to anyone who is affected by mental health issues. I apologise most profusely for any offence - it was never intended. I am writing to the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust today to apologise and to offer my support to them in their invaluable work and to everybody working in the community in mental health services.

'Most importantly I would like to make an unreserved apology to anyone who has been affected personally and I hope they understand I did not intend to hurt them in any way.''

The remarks provoked a storm of protest, including condemnation on a local discussion forum, where one user wrote: 'Perhaps their apologies could be accompanied by a substantial donation to a charity supporting those they chose to insult.'

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