SEAFORD: Second councillor suspended

A SECOND Conservative councillor has been suspended from the group after being charged with assaulting a constable in Seaford.

Last week the Gazette reported how Lewes District councillor and Seaford resident Ian White had been suspended for three months after admitting a drink-drive offence for which he was banned from the road for a year.

Now similar action has been taken against his colleague Councillor Barry Groves, of Marine Drive, after he was charged with three offences.

As well as the assault matter the 66-year-old has also been charged with obstructing police and using threatening words or behaviour.

The alleged offences were said to have taken place days before he was re-elected as both a Seaford Town Councillor and Lewes District Councillor.

His suspension will run until the court decision is known, at which point the situation will be reviewed.

A statement issued on behalf of the Conservative group said, “Having been made aware of the charges brought against Cllr Barry Groves the Lewes Conservative Group, in accordance with their rules, have acted to suspend him from the group until the case has been determined.

“At the stage when someone is charged with an offence it is premature to consider whether they may or may not be guilty.”

Speaking from his home Cllr Groves said he would still be continuing in his job as a councillor.

He is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 2.