Former Middlesbrough mayor due in court for alleged offences in office

Former Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston is due to appear before magistrates this month after being charged by Cleveland Police for offences he is alleged to have committed while in office.

Cleveland Police issued a statement today which said: “A 57-year-old man has been charged with four counts of non-disclosure of pecuniary interests in Executive meetings in contravention of S30(4) and 34(1)(b) and (3) of the Localism Act 2011.

“The man is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on Monday 21st August.”

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Elected politicians are required to declare financial interests - known in law as pecuniary interests - that they or their spouses hold, particularly if they relate to their own businesses and livelihoods.

Former MIddlesbrough mayor Andy Preston.Former MIddlesbrough mayor Andy Preston.
Former MIddlesbrough mayor Andy Preston.

Mr Preston, a well-known businessman in the Tees Valley area, was elected as the independent mayor of Middlesbrough in 2019 and suffered a shock defeat by Labour’s Chris Cooke at this year’s election who won by 760 votes.

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