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‘In My View’ – Nigel Ward – In The Public Interest. First Published July 17th 2012
During the past three months, I have been publishing in the Real Whitby “In My View” series of articles, the objective of which has been to notify the general public of discrepancies in the public record that appear to demonstrate unequivocally that County & Borough Councillor Jane Kenyon and her life-partner Councillor Thomas William (‘Bill’) Miller have abused the public trust for approximately thirty years.
Incredibly, County & Borough Councillor Kenyon has alleged that a company called Dales Timber Limited (DTL – Reg.No. 05467739) submitted an official 288a Appointment to Company Secretary document to Companies House bearing a forged signature, while her life-partner Councillor Bill Miller was a Director of that same company. Indeed, it was he who counter-signed the document, within an inch of the allegedly forged signature. Councillor Kenyon’s allegations have now been published in the national press.
Neither Scarborough Borough Council, nor North Yorkshire County Council, nor the North Yorkshire Police, nor the North Yorkshire Police Authority, nor Councillor Kenyon herself, nor Councillor Miller, nor their party (The Conservative Party) deny the grave allegations signalled by the public record – nor have any of the above issued any comment at all. In fact, no-one has offered one single word of support for Councillor Kenyon or Councillor Miller.
Nor has anyone announced the intention to investigate the full extent of the breaches of regulations and possible crimes that the public record identifies – although they all have a legal duty to do so.
Confronted by this astonishing wall of silence concerning the gravest possible public allegations of blatant misconduct, I am continuing to expose further unrelated examples of misconduct by influential people and public officials.
So I will now hand you over to a lady of great courage and integrity – a lady in her eighties, the widow of a man of the cloth who was much respected and admired in the town, and indeed throughout his life in the clergy. The lady is herself a devout and practicing Christian, and it is her wish to come forward in the hope of putting an end to a saga of abuse of position in public office.
She lives alone and is very frightened at the prospect of retribution by the people she now accuses, even though she holds documentary evidence – her late husband’s contemporaneous diaries, letters, official papers and fraudulently converted cheques with forged signatures – that fully substantiate her story. It is also my information that a present incumbent of Whitby Town (Parish) Council and his wife are ready to corroborate her statement.
The lady is unwaveringly committed to enduring the legal process when the time comes – for which I salute her. True to her faith, she is anxious that no innocent parties need face the discomfort of being identified publicly. For that reason, she has chosen to anonymize the names of the protagonists, referring to them only as “Miss X” and “Mr Y”.
I leave her to tell her story, in her own words . . .
The Clergyman’s Widow Recalls . . .
“One day, about 25 years ago, someone had a good idea for a small seaside town. The idea was to find a venue for lonely elderly people to meet, enjoy each other’s company and have a meal together.”
“There was already a venue about 20 miles away, but it was really much too far for the elderly people to travel. So a large unused room with a kitchen and toilet facilities was set up and volunteers recruited to staff it.”
“Soon a prominent (predominant) person in the town offered to help and became involved. We’ll call her Miss X. The project was established and became very popular.”
“Later, facilities were found for young people to meet, grants were applied for and further premises developed. Miss X saw her opportunity and invited her boyfriend Mr Y, a property developer, to get involved. Before long, with his eye to business, Mr Y forged one of the cheques intended for the builder and transferred it into his own account. When this was discovered, all the details, with the original cheque, were prepared for the police but before Mr Y could be challenged all the relevant files suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from police files, and also all the project files of another person at County Hall.”
(The Clergyman’s Widow)
This, of course, leaves many questions unanswered:
The way the authorities are performing, we may never know.