Posted: Tue 15th Oct 2019

Updated: Wed 26th Feb

Facebook comment councillor cleared

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Oct 15th, 2019

A county councillor who had “vile” comments about Travellers posted from his Facebook account has been cleared in an investigation.
Prestatyn South West county councillor, Bob Murray, made the headlines when a comment from his account appeared on a thread started by another councillor about a Traveller encampment.
The post claimed “Hitler had the right idea” was made from the Facebook account of the Prestatyn councillor.
The post also asked “anyone got any gas canisters?” .
Cllr Murray denied making the comments claiming he had been hacked but a Public Services Ombudsman investigation was launched into the incident.
Now the investigation has been concluded with the Ombudsman clearing Cllr Murray.
A spokesman for the Ombudsman said: “The Ombudsman has concluded his investigation into Bob Murray. The investigation found no evidence of breach.”
A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “We referred the complaint to the Ombudsman and they carried out a full investigation. They concluded there was no evidence that he had breached the code of conduct.
“As a result the council will not be taking the matter any further”.

Cllr Murray said he would not be commenting at this time.

By Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter



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