Call for apology leads to another town council row

A call has been made for Berwick councillor Georgina Hill to give a public apology for allegations made against a fellow councillor.

Thursday, 8th September 2016, 9:58 am
Updated Monday, 12th September 2016, 4:13 pm

The request was made by Mark Graham, husband of Cllr Karin Graham, at Monday night’s meeting.

It followed claims made by Cllr Hill at last month’s meeting that Cllr Graham had been arrested for damaging public property.

Mr Graham said his wife had no convictions and gave members a chance to see a criminal records bureau certificate which states that she has ‘no convictions for disclosure’.

He said that Insp Liz Hall of Northumbria Police had also written to Mayor Ivor Dixon to state that Cllr Graham had never been arrested and has no criminal convictions.

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However, she was given a police caution last year for daubing obscene graffiti on the shop front of Lib Dem Cllr Gavin Jones’ business.

Mr Graham said: “I certainly believe that her (Cllr Hill) actions are not acceptable for a town councillor as she constantly breaks the code of conduct and her actions are detrimental to the well-being of this town. The prolific harassment and seemingly obsessional behaviour by Cllr Hill needs to be addressed.”

Stand-in clerk Stephen Rickitt attempted to calm matters down by calling on members ‘to let bygones be bygones and move forward’.

However, Cllr Hill said she had a right to defend herself and asserted that Cllr Graham had been cautioned and received harassment notices.

She said: “There was an unfortunate scene at the last meeting but if someone is going to get up and attack me with this nonsense, which started off with the previous acting clerk getting a threatening phone call and linking it absurdly with the murder of Jo Cox MP, then I am going to defend myself.”