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Police called to Downham Market Town Council meeting




Police were called to a town council's meeting last night as rows about its affairs erupted once again.

A senior official of the authority in Downham was branded "a bully" as the meeting at the Jubilee Community Centre descended into chaos.

The furore related to ongoing concern about the future of the town's market, which the council has been accused of running down.

The Downham Town Council meeting last night. Picture: Downham Market Town Council/YouTube
The Downham Town Council meeting last night. Picture: Downham Market Town Council/YouTube

As the meeting began, a member of the public stormed into the hall shouting at the council's clerk, Elaine Oliver.

Members of the public were only allowed into the building to ask a question and many were standing outside.

This was in place due to social distancing rules.

The resident said: "All HR staff at the council are leaving because of you, you are a bully."

Onlookers outside the hall jeered as the resident continued to shout and point her fingers at Mrs Oliver.

Councillor Becky Hayes then said: "We are calling the police now."

Police arrived and moved her on, although it appeared that no arrest was made.

Meanwhile, another trader, Tony Leach, claimed: "We market traders have lost our right to freedom of speech."



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