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Disabled Children Comments Councillor Will Not Face Police Charges

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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.

2:33pm 24th July 2013

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