As the SKWAWKBOX reported on Tuesday, the trial of Sandwell councillor Bob Piper on charges of racially aggravated harassment was called off at the eleventh hour, after Piper accepted a caution a minor charge.
Except he didn’t, apparently – and the trial has now been dramatically reinstated.
One of the men Piper is accused of harassing, demanded on Twitter of a local journalist, who had reported the case after the SKWAWKBOX began enquiries, where he had obtained the information.
But the SKWAWKBOX also spoke to the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Wednesday – and the CPS also confirmed that a caution had been issued and accepted.
Yet today, everything has changed.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson told the SKWAWKBOX:
The CPS withdrew from court the hearing of the case against Councillor Bob Piper in order for West Midlands Police to provide clarification on elements of the case. The matter will therefore be referred back to the officer in the case prior to a final decision being taken on how then to proceed.West Midlands Police
The police’s statement is completely at odds with the CPS’ statement earlier this week. Something odd is going on in Sandwell.
Bob Piper did not respond to a request for comment about the new developments.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.