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INDECENT CHILD PHOTOS LEAD TO FIVE-YEAR BAN FOR EX-COUNCILLOR

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Ex-councillor William Chadwick of Preston City Council and Lancashire CC has been disqualified from being or becomi...
Ex-councillor William Chadwick of Preston City Council and Lancashire CC has been disqualified from being or becoming a member for five years today at a hearing by the Adjudication Panel for England.

Following an investigation by the Standards Board for England, Mr Chadwick was found to have brought his office or authority into disrepute by being convicted of 18 counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children. The tribunal also considered that the publicity generated prior to and after Mr Chadwick's court appearance breached this part of the Code of Conduct.

Mr Chadwick resigned from both his authorities after being convicted and was also censured publicly by Preston City Council.

Anthony Holland, chair of the Standards Board for England, said:

'The sort of behaviour described in this case is simply unacceptable. We welcome the imposition of a five-year ban, the maximum available to the tribunal, and hope this will be an end to the damage Mr Chadwick has done to the reputation of local government.'

Further details will be available on the websiteof the Adjudication Panel for England.

COUNCILLORS CAUGHT WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

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