The Council received a very threatening item of mail yesterday, against two Council officers.

This made allegations which are known to be categorically untrue, though which also appear on the ‘Spennymoor Whistleblower’ Facebook page. It also contained a physical threat intent on intimidating the officers in question, and demanding they leave the authority; suggesting they return to a place where neither of them have previously lived.

The Council has a duty of care towards all of our employees, and therefore we will not tolerate such threats. The police and appropriate authorities have been informed, and an investigation is expected into both this letter and the ‘Spennymoor Whistleblower’ page.

Those responsible for this correspondence clearly blame officers for Council decisions, and their blame is misplaced. The Council makes it clear that decisions are taken by the Council itself, and by it’s standing committees. Officers simply provide advice to Councillors in taking these decisions.

Cllr Ian Geldard.

Lead Member for Council Policy and Infrastructure.

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