Tilbury councillor in court on fraud charges

A THURROCK councillor has appeared in court on charges of fraud.

Clare Baldwin (40), Byron Gardens, Tilbury appeared at Basildon magistrates court last month.

Baldwin was charged with making dishonest representations so as to obtain housing and council tax benefit.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty and will appear at Basildon Crown Court at a later date.

An East of England Labour Party spokesperson said:

“Clare Baldwin is suspended as a Labour councillor pending the outcome of the court case.”

Cllr Baldwin was elected for the ward of Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park in May 2011.