We were shocked by the news today that a former Councillor of Woughton has been found guilty and sentenced for a series of horrific acts that took place during the 1970s, 80’s and 90s. We were also disappointed that he attempted to use his position with this council to mitigate the impact of his crimes – these crimes took place many years before he was elected and, as a public servant, he should be held to a higher standard, not enabled to use this to excuse or minimise his appalling abuse.
Woughton Community Council deplores the acts of this individual and is pleased that he has been held accountable for his behaviour. The impact on the victims of his crimes is significant and long lasting and our thoughts are with them – we wish them well for the future and offer our praise for the bravery they showed throughout the trial. Whilst nothing can take away the experiences they had, we hope that the outcome of this case can, at the very least, bring some level of justice.
Woughton Community Council expects the highest standards from officers and members. As a former ‘Council of the Year’, Woughton is seen as a beacon of best practice within the local council sector and today’s news undermines this. It also shows huge disrespect for the residents he was supposed to serve – whilst his crimes took place many years before his election to the council, his actions mean that everything he is associated with will forever be tainted.
Woughton Community Council will take steps to remove the councillor from our picture archives, website, and council offices boards and shields and will continue to work to ensure the safety of all through policy, behaviour and best practice.