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Police investigate malicious communications report towards town council

PUBLISHED: 11:54 06 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:54 06 March 2020

People volunteered to be arrested at an Attleborough Town Council meeting, which had barred the public and press. Photo: Bethany Wales

People volunteered to be arrested at an Attleborough Town Council meeting, which had barred the public and press. Photo: Bethany Wales

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Police say they are investigating a report of malicious communications towards a town council.

Protestors at Attleborough Town Council meeting, in which public were denied access to discussion. Photo: SubmittedProtestors at Attleborough Town Council meeting, in which public were denied access to discussion. Photo: Submitted

Norfolk police has confirmed it is looking into the report towards Attleborough Town Council and that enquiries are ongoing.

The council has hit headlines in recent weeks, after two council members, Taila Taylor and Ed Tyrer, were accused of "harassment, bullying and intimidation" towards staff and fellow councillors - accusations they have strongly denied.

Last month, a discussion was due to be held in private regarding their future.

MORE: Councillors deny claims of 'harassment, bullying and intimidation' after meeting chaos



But police ended up being called to the meeting, on Monday, February 17, after around 50 protestors refused to leave at the start of the discussion.

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More protestors were seen outside Attleborough Town Hall at another meeting on Monday February 24, where the press and public were barred.

A resolution was passed by eight councillors and the mayor, Tony Crouch, removing Ms Taylor and Mr Tyrer from council committees and preventing them from becoming mayor for two years.

But the heated saga continued at the town council's latest meeting, on Monday March 2, which had to be abandoned in a matter of minutes and police called to attend after the mayor refused to take questions from the public.

Attleborough Town Council said they refused to comment on the police investigation.

A police spokesman said: "Police have received a report of malicious communications towards Attleborough Town Council and are investigating the incident. Enquiries are ongoing."

MORE: Police called and meeting evacuated in night of chaos at town council

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