Police called to town hall meeting

Police arrive at Leigh town hall
Police arrive at Leigh town hall

ANOTHER full Wigan Council meeting descended into farce as police were called for the second time in 10 months.

Officers from GMP were asked to attend on Wednesday evening after Hindley Green councillor Bob Brierley refused to leave the chamber.

The meeting then ended abruptly, with police unable to act, meaning several important topics were not heard.

Coun Brierley was talking on a motion about the standards hearing outcomes for himself and Standish independent councillor Gareth Fairhurst when he was voted not to be heard.

He was then asked to leave the meeting at Leigh Town Hall, where it is being held due to refurbishments at Wigan, but he refused.

Police were called to remove the outspoken councillor however, in further farcical scenes, they were asked to remain at the meeting to monitor behaviour. Council leader Lord Peter Smith proposed that the rest of the meeting’s business be adjourned.

“We cannot allow people to disrupt meetings because they cannot behave,” he told the chamber. Councillors then voted to close the meeting. It meant that important issues such as Devo Manc, Leigh guided busway, a revamp to Wigan town centre and the extension of the council tax support scheme were not discussed.

Police were called to a full council meeting last April when Coun Gareth Fairhurst was kicked out for disobeying a mayoral request not to tweet.