Councillor back in race for top police role

Cllr Alan Charles
Cllr Alan Charles

A Derbyshire councillor who stepped down as a candidate for a top police role because of a criminal offence he committed almost 50 years ago has been reinstated.

Last week Cllr Alan Charles was barred from standing as Labour’s candidate for police and crime commissioner for Derbyshire after the offence came to light.

But on Tuesday it emerged Cllr Charles, who represents Killamarsh on Derbyshire County Council, was back in the race after the Labour Party sought legal advice.

Cllr Charles was given a conditional discharge for the non-disclosed “minor” crime – which he committed when he was 14-years-old – but lawyers have said the offence should be disregarded.

Cllr Charles said: “I’d like to thank everyone who’s supported me and I’m looking forward to refocusing on my campaign.”

He joins Conservative Cllr Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy leader, in the elections.

The commissioner will have the power to choose chief constables and will be expected to hold officers to account.The elections will take place later this year.