Ex-Cleethorpes mayor Keith Brookes not guilty of sex act

Keith Brookes
Image caption Councillor Keith Brookes was found not guilty of outraging public decency

A former mayor of Cleethorpes has been found not guilty of performing a sex act in front of children after the prosecution offered no evidence.

But Conservative councillor Keith Brookes, 67, was given a restraining order banning him from sunbathing naked in his garden for five years.

He denied outraging public decency after being accused of committing a sex act when sunbathing in front of others.

The prosecution withdrew its case at Grimsby Crown Court on Monday.

The charge against Mr Brookes, of Bolingbroke Road, Cleethorpes, had stemmed from a sunbathing session in his garden on 13 July.

After the prosecution withdrew its case, a formal not guilty verdict was recorded.

The judge told the court: "The Crown has put no evidence of any sex act having taken place."

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "We have spoken with the complainants in this case who agree this is the most appropriate outcome."

She said the case was stopped on the basis that "it will no longer be in the public interest to prosecute".

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