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Last Updated: Friday, 14 October 2005, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Drink-drive councillor suspended
Photo courtesy of Wyre Borough Council
Councillor Carroll reported himself to the Standards Board for England
A councillor convicted of a drink-drive offence earlier this year has been suspended for two months.

Francis Carroll, 78, who represents Breck Ward, Poulton-le-Fylde on Wyre Council, Lancs, was suspended by the council's standards committee.

The Tory councillor reported himself to the Standards Board for England saying he brought the council into disrepute.

The board referred him to the council's standards committee which heard the case on Friday.

Disrepute charge

The panel agreed that Mr Carroll's conviction breached the paragraph four of the council's code of conduct which states, "A member must not, in his official capacity or in other circumstances, conduct himself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing his office or authority into disrepute."

Committee chairman Robert Jones said drink-driving was a serious offence and added: "We are very much aware of your health problems and are sympathetic to those problems and hope they improve."

Mr Carroll, a retired chemical engineer, replied: "Thank you. Thank you very much."

He was represented by fellow councillor Harry Taylor, who said Mr Carroll drank whisky to dull pain resulting from an industrial injury.

"He is a man of upstanding character. He has worked hard for the community and helped people. He has been a super councillor for 10 years," said Mr Taylor.

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