"If these men are not guilty I will resign, apologise
and although not a rich man, I will pay the Audit fee".
The trumped up charges on these men that lead to the alleged wrongful arrests have not been proven during the police investigation or the dubiously impartial audit, further more these charges have not been tested in a court of law due to "insufficient evidence" to proceed. Insufficient evidence does not imply there was any evidence in the first place, it is a standard phrase used in such investigations. The bottom line is that these four men have not been found guilty of any criminal activity.
Mr Fraser-Hopewell did resign from the town council and, if as he claims repeatedly and loudly, he is a man of standing and good character he should now apologise and repay the audit fee the Somerton residents stumped up whether they wanted to or not.
On another matter linked to the above, it has come to my knowledge that Mr Fraser-Hopewell has been attempting to keep a very watchful eye on the Freedom of Information (FIO) requests Paddy Keenan has been making to the town council in relation to the complaints made to the police and subsequent documentation. In relation to the latest FOI request made by Mr Keenan which was unanimously granted by the Financial Advisory Group of the council, apparently the ex leader of the town council took it upon himself to throw his toys out of the cot in the town council office in a fit of pique and demanded to know what Mr Keenan was requesting. As a general member of the public Mr Fraser-Hopewell is not entitled to know this information under the Freedom of information Act (which he well knows, or should do) and he was turned down flat by the town clerk. Now one wonders why would the ex-leader of the council want to know this information? Is there a skeleton or two in the archives that he doe not want to become public knowledge? Has there been a cover up that proves the total innocence of the arrested four? Only time will tell, but one could easily draw conclusions from what most people would seem to view as a strange course of action from a seemingly man of standing and good character. I for one, wait to see what unfolds next....