Essex Police set to appeal over case of councillor and allegation of theft of photo

ESSEX Police have confirmed that they will be appealing the CPS decision not to charge a Thurrock councillor over an allegation of theft.

An Essex police spokesperson said today (Tuesday): “A senior detective has reviewed the case papers, and Essex Police has decided that they will appeal the CPS decision, and the appropriate paperwork will be filed imminently.”

Blackshots councillor Joy Redsell was the subject of a report submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in October over an allegation of the theft of a framed photograph of the Gull lightship from the council offices in New Road, Grays.

It is believed that the alleged theft dates back to 2007.

The CPS issued a statement just before Christmas that they would not be taking the case forward as “the evidential test was not met..” and they “only go ahead with a prosecution if there is a realistic prospect of conviction.”

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