Caerphilly council bosses in pay probe appear in court

Anthony O'Sullivan, Nigel Barnett, and Daniel Perkins appeared in court

Three top managers from Caerphilly council have appeared in court following a police investigation into pay rises given to senior staff.

Chief Executive Office Anthony O'Sullivan, his deputy Nigel Barnett and the head of legal services at the council Daniel Perkins appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court.

All three are accused of misconduct in public office.

They are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court in May.

All three defendants face a charge that they "wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted yourself by deliberately engaging in course of conduct intending to circumvent provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 and prevent proper scrutiny of the senior officer pay award process".

Avon and Somerset Police carried out the inquiry into the offence which was alleged to have been committed between June 1 and October 10 2012.

All three have been released on unconditional bail.

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