No further action to be taken over “Gypsy Cesspit” comment

THE CROWN PROSECUTION Service (CPS) has decided to take no further action over a comment made by a Thurrock councillor.

In August, 2013, Corringham and Fobbing councillor, Mark Coxshall (Cons) suggested a travellers’ site in Thurrock would look like “My Big Fat Gypsy Cesspit”.

The comments were made in a Thurrock Conservatives press release in response to the council’s decision to reject a planning application from a group of travellers, living in Stanford-le-Hope.

Cllr Coxshall was interviewed by the police under caution. Subsequently, a report was sent to the CPS in December. They advised Essex Police that there was “Insufficient evidence for incitement…and so little prospect of a conviction.”

Cllr Coxshall has always stood by his comments and maintained that they were neither racist nor “hate-fuelled”.

YT understands that a separate complaint, on the same matter, made to Thurrock Council is still on-going.

Cllr Coxshall is unavailable for comment.

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