Wales

Swansea councillors face no further action, says CPS

No further action will be taken against four Swansea councillors in relation to a police investigation, says the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

It was considered there was "insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction".

The CPS considered whether charges were required in relation to misconduct in a public office, fraud and bribery.

Paxton Hood-Williams, John Hague, Anthony Colburn and Miles Thomas will not face any charges.

Mr Hood-Williams, Mr Colburn and Mr Thomas are Conservatives while Mr Hague sits as an Independent on the council.

The CPS confirmed it had not received a file from South Wales Police on Swansea council leader Chris Holley, a Liberal Democrat.

Mr Holley had said last month he was not under investigation by police.

Catrin Evans, head of CPS Cymru-Wales complex casework unit, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has a duty to review all cases referred to us by the police and provide advice on whether any criminal charges are appropriate.

"In this case, I have considered whether charges are required against four individuals in relation to three possible offences; misconduct in a public office, fraud and bribery.

"In each case, my conclusion is that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction. Accordingly, I have advised South Wales Police to take no further action in respect of the four individuals concerned."

Meanwhile, the ombudsman said he would be deciding whether to resume his investigation into an alleged breach of the code of conduct made against councillors Holley, Hague and Hood-Williams.

"Now that they [police inquiries] have come to a conclusion, the ombudsman will be asking the police to provide him with the evidence they gathered for their own inquiries in order that he can decide whether he should continue with his own investigation in relation to the code of conduct," said the ombudsman, in a statement.

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