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SPEECHLEY IN COURT ON INFORMATION CHARGES

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Lincolnshire CC leader Jim Speechley has appeared at Lincoln magistrates' court accused of misleading or being reck...
Lincolnshire CC leader Jim Speechley has appeared at Lincoln magistrates' court accused of misleading or being reckless in providing information about a piece of land.

Mr Speechley, 65, of Peterborough Road, Crowland, is charged with eight offences.

The first relates to 12 May 1997, when it is said that, while a member of a council, he distributed a notice setting out information about direct community interests which contained data that he knew to be false or misleading in material particulars, or he was reckless in providing information relating to land at Barber's Drove under s19 of the Housing and Local Government Act 1979.

Two further similar charges relate to 8 August 1999 and 27 June 2000.

Mr Speechley faces five other offences, the first of which relates to 12 May 2000, when it is said that as a member of Lincolnshire CC, he was present at a full council meeting on the A107 Spalding to Eye road improvement scheme when he failed to disclose a pecuniary interest in land at Barber's Drove.

The other four charges are similar and relate to 21 July 2000, 12 December 2000, 16 February 2001 and 19 March 2001.

David Atkiss, prosecuting, asked for an adjournment so that Mr Speechley's solicitor Liz Harte could receive information from the Crown on the case.

The hearing was adjourned until 13 June.

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