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News and Comment April 2012

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12 April (Part 3) - Bexley council. How deep does the corruption run?

On 8th March 2011 a pair of public servants descended on Bexleyheath police station and told their friends there a number of things none of which were entirely true and some being outright lies. One lie led to the blogger known as Olly Cromwell being issued with a Form 9993 - the infamous harassment warning - for criticising councillors by “placing blogs on the Bexley is Bonkers Website”. Utter drivel born of fear of accountability mixed with their customary incompetence.

Will Tuckley and Teresa O'Neill
Olly ignored the stop blogging aspect of the letter because it was asking him to desist from something he had not done nor had any intention of doing. The police responded, without any legal authority that can be established, by closing Olly’s website. He moved it off-shore.

Bexley councillors reacted by making up another story to present to Bexleyheath police. They told them that Olly had revealed where councillor Melvin Seymour lived and had put his children and grandchildren at risk. This was totally untrue. Olly Tweeted a picture of a house with no address or name attached and asked in his own inimitable style the question you see below. It is an extract from councillor Seymour’s statement to the police. The comment about dog faeces is the product of the over active imagination of either Seymour or Sandra Bauer.

Councillors Seymour and BauerThis false statement was enough to land Olly Cromwell in court, but the prosecution unsurprisingly could produce no evidence to support the charges for the very simple reason that what Chief Executive Will Tuckley, council leader Teresa O’Neill, and councillors Seymour and Bauer said was all basically untrue and made up for no other reason than to silence Olly. It is Bexley council’s specialty. Lies are what they do.

Philip ReadFollowing Olly’s acquittal on false charges one thoroughly unpleasant little man tried his luck again. Councillor Philip Read reported Olly to the police for breaking his bail conditions. Bexleyheath’s ever obedient police force slung him in jail for 24 hours before he was rescued by his barrister and a District Judge. Olly had not breached his bail conditions.

So what else will they try in their ridiculous effort to stop criticism in its tracks? They are going to try to get Olly for using the four letter word. Quite a chunk of the country’s population will be quaking in their boots if that becomes a crime. Olly has revealed that the prosecution will be seeking 45 days in jail for each letter of that word and his case comes up tomorrow, Friday 13th April 2012. Bexley Magistrates’ Court has more than its fair share of Bexley council people. We are about to see how deep corruption runs through this town - or hopefully that it will be forced into retreat.

There is unlikely to be a blog until at least mid-day tomorrow. The case is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Note dated 17th August 2012. At an appeal hearing where both Seymour and Bauer were called as witnesses and cross examined it became clear that it was Seymour who had dishonestly exaggerated the content of the Tweet in order to attempt a miscarriage of justice and Bauer had merely sent him a copy and took no part in its embellishment.


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