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Jailed ex-councillor could have name removed from chain
THE name of convicted paedophile and former councillor Bob Bate could be removed from the chain worn by the chairman of Hazlemere Parish Council.
On ordering new links for the chain, the council decided last month that the shamed ex chairman’s name would remain etched on a gold plate for now.
But Cllr Natasha Howard reignited the issue at last night’s full council meeting.
HPC’s vice chairman said: “We need to reassess removing his name from the chain as [what he did] it is disgusting.”
The council decided it would revist the matter in six months. But Cllr Judy Weaver said: “What he did in his private life is nothing to do with this council.”
Bate – a former Wycombe District and Hazlemere Parish councillor – was jailed in 2012 for three years after admitting to the possession of thousands of pornographic images of children and animals.
In sentencing, Judge Simon Davis said: “I have never seen images as horrible, moving and dreadful as these.”
The former Wycombe Conservative party whip was arrested following a tip off by the Bucks Free Press.
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