Friday, December 2, 2022

Ex-cop councillor could face conviction after failing to declare interests

AN EX-COP councillor is among five Thurrock councillors who have failed to register their interests.

Corringham and Fobbing councillor, Andrew Roast was elected in May but a check of the register held at the New Road offices on Friday (Aug 24th) found his file empty.

It is a criminal offence if, without a reasonable excuse, you fail to tell the monitoring officer about your disclosable pecuniary interests.

If you are found guilty of such a criminal offence, you can be fined up to £5,000 and disqualified from holding office as a councillor for up to five years.

According to his Linkedin page, Mr Roast is the owner of Roastphotography.co.uk and a director of Play2Learn Day Nursery in West Thurrock.

YT understands cllr Roast retired from the Metropolitan Police after 35 years service. It was a career that saw him awarded a number of commendations.

Cllr Roast was not the only councillor who appears to have failed to declare their interests. Cllr Mike Revell, cllr Pauline Tolson, cllr John Purkiss and cllr Diana Hale also had empty files at the New Road offices.

Thurrock Council officers made efforts to contact councillors to find out why they had failed to return the form.

YT understands that both cllr Purkiss and Hale have been suffering from ill-health and as soon as they were alerted returned the forms forthwith. Cllr Revell is on holiday and according to sources will also return form as soon as possible.

Cllrs Roast and Tolson have failed to respond to a number of questions sent to them by YT.

A list of councillors interests can be found on the Thurrock Council website.

1 COMMENT

  1. So, in summary, you allege 5 councilors have not declared their interests, you are not reporting that there is any internal investigation or disciplinary let alone a police investigation, and your headline reports this by… choosing one councilor and saying he could “face conviction”.

    Let’s just hope it doesn’t turn out he has returned the form, otherwise this is probably actionable…

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