WHITBY’S OWN ‘WOOLASGATE’ (‘Me Too!’ – 4a)

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WHITBY’S OWN ‘WOOLASGATE’ (‘Me Too!’ – 4a)

The One you’ve all been waiting for. Part four of the me too voucher scam saga is finally here. Enjoy !!!

Real-Whitby readers are sure to remember the extraordinary case of Phil Woolas, who was elected MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth in the 2010 general election, only to be stripped of his seat for breaching the Representation of the People Act – the law governing the conduct of candidates during the run-up to an election. In simple terms, the law states that candidates are prohibited from spreading lies about other candidates that might result in an adverse impact on their chances at the polls. Not only was Mr Woolas stripped of his seat, he was also suspended by his party and prohibited from standing for election again for the next three years

Real-Whitby can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that Whitby may soon have its very own WOOLASGATE.

Whitby Police have confirmed that an investigation is underway into a breach of the same law that caught out Phil Woolas. It is understood that the investigation is centred on candidates in the West Cliff ward of the Scarborough Borough Council election. The suspect cannot be named for legal reasons, but Police have acknowledged that they are now in possession of forensic material (believed to include DNA traces) and digital evidence that could also lead to charges under the Malicious Communications Act.

Meanwhile, North Yorkshire County Council has confirmed, in an FOIA response, that there are concerns about the authenticity of some of the ‘Me Too!’ vouchers, and an investigation is on-going. The investigation extends to the matter of the veracity of the amounts invoiced by some of the providers. It is understood that the Police investigation into the ‘Woolasgate’ incidents also extends to the ‘Me Too!’ irregularities, and, if successful, may well result in prosecutions under the Fraud Act.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” – from Marmion, by Sir Walter Scott.

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By |2011-05-02T14:50:10+00:00May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Featured, NYCC, Scarborough Borough Council, The New Bridgender|17 Comments

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17 Comments

  1. Insp Grange April 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    this article is wrong in part and this is the Police Statement on the Issue:

    I can confirm that Whitby Police have received a complaint of a breach of 106 of The Representation of the People Act. The matter is being investigated and we have several lines of enquiry to follow. However I can state at this time that the investigation is not centred around candidates in the West Cliff Ward and there is no suspect at this moment.

    I can also confirm that there is no Police Investigation at this time into the ‘Me Too’ vouchers.

    • Nigel Ward May 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      So which statement is true, inspector? The one above – or the one below?

      admin
      May 2, 2011 – 4:27 pm

      Whitby police have confirmed that an investigation is being “progressed” into a conservative candidate for the upcoming Scarborough Borough Council election for the Whitby West Cliff ward. Real Whitby now understands that “witness statements have been taken” and Whitby Police “intend to interview another person” about the matter.

      I think we should be told . . .

      • angela May 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        If it is an ongoing investigation they will tell you nothing as it may jepodise the ‘case’….

  2. Daryl Smiler April 24, 2011 at 9:52 am - Reply

    The response from Insp Grange reveals that the WHITBY’S OWN ‘WOOLASGATE’ article is nothing more than speculation. Poor quality information appears to be a continuous thread in the postings on here, particularly about these topics.

    Dont get me wrong. I’m just as incensed about the issues as anyone and there may be some truth in what been said in the article but I just believe that, in going of half cock, the writer looses credibility. What the outcome may be remains to be seen but each of the points raised were refuted by Insp Grange with the exception that the Police have received a complaint of a breach of 106 of The Representation of the People Act.

    My view is that if this complaint is made in the same way and with same degree of accuracy and objectivity that many of the accusations that fly around on this site are concerned it will not get far.

    Daryl

    What a shame that the site has already gained a reputation that immediately creates such feelings.

    Please don’t forget the absolute need for honesty, fairness and credibility.

  3. admin April 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Just a quick one to set a few records straight. Real Whitby as a website aims to give the people of Whitby a voice they would otherwise not have. The fact the site is open to, and actively encourages comments, even from the towns chief inspector is testament to that. If you want stories that don’t push the boundaries, then perhaps the Gazette site is the place for you.

    With regards to this particular story. The information I have been given is as follows : Derogatory comments/rumours of a severe nature have been spread around town regarding one candidate of the upcoming election, that person has lodged a complaint with the police, the council, and the elections standards board. At least 2 current councillors say that they know who is spreading the rumours having personally witnessed the person doing so, and I am led to believe they have been to the police station to pass on what they know. I am told that the person they suggest is spreading the rumours is a candidate in the west cliff ward.

    How I see things at the present time is, one or other party is not telling the truth. No doubt the truth will out in the long run.

    If this information is incorrect and if anybody feels the article is breaching any laws then they may contact me to ask for the offending information to be removed from the site. At the current time I have had no official complaint about the article. As always, my contact details are on the sites contact page.

  4. Tom April 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    A very fair comment by admin.
    Should stories and claims be exaggerated then the site caters for comments from ANYBODY, inc the local police inspector.
    It is not the papers/sites reputation at stake, what is at stake it is the reputation of the person who posts inaccurate or wildly exaggerated claims/stories.
    I also heard that it involved a candidate from a particular ward.
    If the local Police Inspector takes time out to visit this site and says otherwise then it’s either a fact, fiction or the Inspector is keeping his cards close to his chest.
    Daryl has a very valid point, but until these matters are concluded then the word of the person making the claims is just as valid as the local police inspectors.

  5. angela April 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    If the site says ‘the police say this’ and the ‘Inspector says another’ who is right? Seems pretty clear to me!!
    Whoever is writing these articles needs to be very very careful in the future or they could get into serious trouble, and the site for publishing them? Well, who knows??? A lot of journalists are freelance, but it is always the paper who gets done for publishing dodgy articles, so I dont think hiding behind the ‘public domain’ will save you…..after all you dont name the person writing these articles, but to choose to say ‘Real Whitby says…’

  6. Daryl Smiler April 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Angela

    I’m sure you’ll agree that people who post comments must recognise certain truths. Their objectives in posting comments will, of course, vary. Some will wish to provoke thought and stimulate considered debate. Others will merely want a rant. Some using the second approach will wish to achieve the first. The truth is that, unless the argument displays evidence of research, truth and logic and a complete absence of prejudice, people will discount it as a rant anyway.

    If anyone wishes to achieve anything be it influencing, informing or changing material things they must first be credible.

    What a pity that this site is publishing so much that has a hollow ring to it.

    Daryl

  7. angela April 26, 2011 at 1:42 am - Reply

    11 thumbs down..ooo what a surprise, grow up people! Im sure if someone published fibby wibb wibbs, made up stories or furnished half truths about you you would want to sue their a$$es off…I know I would do so! I did love this site at one time, but its getting more and more about constantly bashing SBC about absolutely everythiiiing, even stuff which is nothing about them *yawwwnnnnnn*
    If this site continues to publish stories which are incorrect it is going to get in serious trouble and is getting a reputation already if the police are monitoring it and we wouldnt want Glenn to get in trouble now would we??

    You wonder why no-one listens to you……

  8. Bob of Whitby April 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Might be best if this article was withdrawn pending more concrete information?

    It’s speculation at best and perhaps should be left in the forums for anonymous comment that cannot be picked up by the search engines.

  9. Rudolf Hess April 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Angela,

    To be fair to TMITWS , he saw all this coming, althou he was a bit lunitic imo, he made some fair points in his “rants”,

    Any idea where he went?

    maybe a padded cell!!!!!!!!

  10. angela April 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Padded cells are for truely ‘M’ad people, t’M’itws is around i’M’ sure of it..perhaps ‘M’asquarading as so’M’eone else ‘M’aybe??

  11. Rudolf Hess April 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    MMMMMmmmmmmmmnm i wonder!!!!!

  12. admin May 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/conservative-candidate-for-whitby-west-cliff-ward-under-investigation

    The plot thickens

    “Whitby police have confirmed that an investigation is being “progressed” into a conservative candidate for the upcoming Scarborough Borough Council election for the Whitby West Cliff ward. Real Whitby now understands that “witness statements have been taken” and Whitby Police “intend to interview another person” about the matter”

  13. admin May 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Interesting email from Nigel Ward To Tom Fox Conservative Lead Of Scarborough Borough Council

    Councillor Tom FOX – Leader – Scarborough Borough Council

    Tom,

    In the light of the breaking news story, as published on the Real-Whitby newsblog and elsewhere, I believe that it would be appropriate for you, as Leader not only of Scarborough Borough Council, but also as Leader of the Conservative group within the Council, to make a statement to the public, via the press, in good time for the elections on Thursday 5th May 2011.

    The story can be reviewed here:

    http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/conservative-candidate-for-whitby-west-cliff-ward-under-investigation

    It is interesting to note that the story is, in some sense, a follow-up to an earlier story that has, perhaps, not escaped your attention:

    http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/whitbys-own-woolasgate-me-too-4a

    Of striking interest is the first of a dozen or so ‘comments’ published below the second-mentioned (though first-published) story – a comment by Inspector Mark Grange.

    But of greater moment, I hope that you are aware of my extensive correspondence with Mr Ian Anderson, Head of Legal & Support Services and Monitoring Officer on this subject. I have found his reaction extremely inadequate.

    Please make a timely, open and transparent statement, in the public domain, clarifying the Council’s (and the Conservative Party’s) position in relation to the controversy that now appears to surround a Conservative candidate in the Whitby West Cliff ward.

    Yours, with kind regards,

    Nigel

    • Frank L. Chalmers May 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      It’s my guess that there has yet to be a reply.

      I doubt there will be a reply, but then, what’s new?

  14. Nigel Ward June 19, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    @Frank L. Chalmers:

    You will be pleased to learn that Carole Dunn, Head of Legal & Democratic Services at North Yorkshire County Council, has this morning confirmed that their investigation into fraud and forgery in connection with the wholsale abuse of the Exteneded Schools “Me Too!” voucher scheme has finally (after over a year) been referred to the police.

    This is very timely. I will presently be publishing the results of my own investigation.

    Naming names. Shaming shames.

    The corruption infesting the local authorities is about to be exposed in gruesome detail.

    But first, the procurement/non-disclosure-of-interests saga . . .

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