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Last Updated: Friday, 18 April, 2003, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
Arrested mayor resigns his post
Chris Morgan
Mr Morgan was elected in May 2002
The elected mayor of North Tyneside has resigned from his post, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

Conservative mayor Chris Morgan, 33, was held and interviewed by police on Thursday, before being released later that evening.

On Friday, a statement released on his behalf by Wallsend solicitors Hay and Kilner said he had resigned from his role of mayor "with great sadness".

The statement said: "Mr Morgan has always held a firm belief in and commitment to the people of North Tyneside and his political party, and has always sought to serve the same with integrity and decency.

"His role in the local community is something which Mr Morgan considers to be of the utmost importance and in which he has always had pride."

The council said it would start the process of electing a new mayor over the coming days.

Deputy takes over

Council chief executive John Marsden said in a statement: "I will be discussing those arrangements with the deputy mayor and senior councillors over the next few days.

"I have an excellent new team of directors who will work with me to ensure the continued smooth running of the council and the delivery of the quality services which the borough expects."

Deputy mayor Lawrence Goveas, the leader of the Tory group in North Tyneside who was appointed to his position by Mr Marsden, is to act as mayor until an election is held, a council spokesman said.

Mr Morgan was born in Wallsend and has lived most of his life in the borough.

He was educated locally and after studying at the University of Wales became a chartered accountant.

He was a local councillor for St Mary's ward since 1996 and he served as a finance spokesman on the council before becoming mayor in 2002.

He has been bailed until the beginning of June to enable further inquiries to be made.





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