UPDATE: Ripon Mayor re-bailed by police

Coun Andrew Williams has been re-bailed by police following his arrest in February.
Coun Andrew Williams has been re-bailed by police following his arrest in February.
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The Mayor of Ripon, Coun Andrew Williams, has been re-bailed by police as they continue their investigation into the alleged theft of council funds.

As reported on Thursday, the Mayor was arrested in February on suspicion of stealing council funds in June last year and had been released on police bail until today (Saturday).

News of the arrest was exclusively revealed by the Ripon Gazette after the matter came to light during a council meeting on Monday when Coun Williams – who is a city, borough and county councillor – was asked whether he wished to comment on the issue of “an elected member of the council being arrested and released on police bail”.

The Mayor declined the invitation, which came from Coun Alan Skidmore.

The Gazette understands that several hundreds of pounds are involved and the alleged theft relates to money to do with the staging of the Ripon’s Jubilee celebrations last year.

So far, the Mayor has not replied to the Gazette’s requests for an interview.

Coun Williams is currently serving his second term as Mayor of Ripon and became the city’s youngest Mayor in living memory six years ago when, aged 37, he became the office holder for the 2007-08 term.