Councillor resigns after drugs caution

A town councillor has resigned after being arrested for the possession of cannabis.Dale Tomlinson stood down as a member of Beccles Town Council on Wednesday - he had been cautioned by police on May 11.

A town councillor has resigned after being arrested for the possession of cannabis.

Dale Tomlinson stood down as a member of Beccles Town Council on Wednesday - he had been cautioned by police on May 11.

He was arrested outside the White Horse pub in New Market, Beccles, on May 5 during a friend's birthday celebrations on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply.

He was later cautioned for possessing a class C drug and said: "It was just a stupid minor thing. It was half an unlit cigarette. I don't do drugs. I don't know why I had it. I was celebrating a friend's birthday and someone gave it to me."

Mr Tomlinson, who lives in Newgate, resigned following a meeting of the council's personnel committee. He wrote in a letter to the council: "I wish to thank the fellow councillors, old and new, that I have served with and the clerks for the great advice and learning I have received, together with the support that I have received from many local businesses and customers in the town since this regrettable incident occurred."

The council will now take steps to co-opt another councillor in Mr Tomlinson's place. The 37-year-old electrician was co-opted on to the council last August.

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Earlier this month he retained his seat on the council unopposed after there were 16 nominations for the 16 council seats up for election.

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