Tribunal over K’bro town crier debacle

Knaresborough Town Crier Simon Shaw waves to the crowds  in the Market Place in October 2012.
Knaresborough Town Crier Simon Shaw waves to the crowds in the Market Place in October 2012.

Knaresborough Town Council could face an employment tribunal over its treatment of town crier Simon Shaw.

The Post understands papers have been lodged with the employment tribunal service, with a case being presented over Mr Shaw’s suspension and subsequent reinstatement of as town crier last year.

Minutes of town council meetings show councillors have been considering legal representation for the proceedings, which are expected to take place in June this year.

As the Knaresborough Post has previously reporter, the town crier was first suspended from his duties in August last year, after various complaints.

He was reinstated in October after an independent investigation into the situation was commissioned by the council.

Knaresborough Town Councillors discussed the town crier position at an Extraordinary Meeting on February 22, and the employment tribunal came up again when the appointment of a solicitor was discussed – in a confidential session – at a meeting on March11.

It is understood that Mr Shaw is currently not performing the town crier’s duties because of ill health.