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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
Council boss 'taped up letterbox'
Tom McNeil [Pic: Newsline]
Tom McNeil was a senior employee at Aberdeen City Council
A former council worker was forced to tape up his letterbox as an official was delivering letters in the middle of the night, a tribunal has heard.

Tom McNeil, 52, claims the letters were being hand-delivered to his Aberdeen home after he was suspended.

Mr McNeil, 52, said he was forced to quit his senior Aberdeen City Council post after he saw two people having sex in an office.

Staff traded sex favours for promotion, the ongoing tribunal has heard.

There was always free booze on offer, as much as you could drink at council events. It was the only way you could get councillors to attend these things
Tom McNeil

Mr McNeil claimed that Alan Towns, the council official who was investigating him, personally posted official letters through his letterbox at all times of the night.

Married Mr McNeil was suspended from the council sports and leisure department in 2005.

He told the tribunal: "I sellotaped up my letter box to stop him delivering letters to me in the middle of the night.

"I had been suspended and I was suffering from stress. That was not helping."

Mr McNeil admitted drinking but claimed there was an alcohol culture in the council offices and it was looked on as acceptable.

He said: "I do not deny that there were occasions when I had a drink at work.

"But that was not out of the ordinary within the council and regularly took place.

"There was always free booze on offer, as much as you could drink at council events. It was the only way you could get councillors to attend these things."




SEE ALSO
Council staff 'traded sex' claim
17 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
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