Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Disabled Children Comments Councillor Will Not Face Police Charges
2:33pm 24th July 2013
Police will not charge the former Wadebridge councillor who said disabled children should be "put down."
Collin Brewer has apologised and resigned twice.
Now officers say there is insufficient evidence to continue the investigation.
Hayley Goleniowska lives near Newquay and has a daughter with Down's Syndrome. She said: "I'm now relieved that we can draw a line under this sorry episode, and return our energies to working together in much more positive ways to improve the lives of those with disabilities and their families.
"I'd like to thank the police for their thorough investigation. It's important to remember though, that we must never stop whistleblowing if we think vulnerable members of society are at risk."
In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said:
"Police have completed a full investigation into allegations made against the individual, (received by police on 8 May 2013) and all of the evidence has been considered.
"Following a full and thorough investigation, there is insufficient evidence to charge the individual with a criminal offence."
Superintendent Jim Pearce added: "Allegations of this nature are understandably upsetting. Devon and Cornwall Police robustly investigate such allegations and whenever there is sufficient evidence we will do everything possible to bring an offender to justice."
Police have referred the matter to Cornwall Council for their consideration.
Cornwall Council recently concluded its own investigation into Mr Brewer's comments, finding he would have been dismissed or his case referred to a tribunal, if the council still had the power.
In its report, the Council said his remarks breached its code of conduct, calling them "outrageous and grossly insensitive."
As a result, officials have asked the government to hand back its powers to discipline officials.
Share This StoryTweet
PHOTOS: Did A 'Shark Bite' Kill This Dolphin?
Cornwall News: WARNING: You may find these images upsetting
The devil will be in the detail of PM's 12-point Brexit plan
National News: Not just a plan, but a 12-point plan for Brexit - soon to be delivered by the Prime Minister at Lancaster House, the seat of historic British diplomacy over Europe and the Commonwealth.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
Sky's The Young Pope wins over hearts at US premiere
Showbiz News: Sky Atlantic's The Young Pope has premiered in the US to rave reviews, with critics calling it "wickedly funny and insightful".
How Donald Trump has ripped up the foreign policy playbook
World News: A grim realisation is dawning in the chancelleries of Europe.
Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open
Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.
A moo-ving story: Cow rescued from swimming pool in Oklahoma
Strange News: A bovine visitor took a fancy to a neighbourhood swimming pool and couldn't resist an early morning dip.