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Keighley pensioner in appeal to Crime Commissioner
A Keighley resident has complained to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner after receiving a verbal warning from police.
As revealed in last week’s Keighley News, Thwaites Brow pensioner David Samuels was visited by an officer early this month after Keighley town councillor, Michael Westerman, claimed he was being harassed by the quantity and content of e-mails he was receiving from him.
Coun Westerman claimed Mr Samuels was being “childish” and was not e-mailing him about legitimate town council business. The Morton and Sandbeds ward councillor stressed he had unsuccessfully asked Mr Samuels to stop sending him these messages.
He said the messages were sent to his council address but were automatically redirected to his private e-mail. As a result, this contact was made public without his consent, after he responded to Mr Samuels then saw his reply posted online.
An Airedale and North Bradford Police spokesman confirmed both parties in the dispute had been spoken to, and that no further action was being taken.
However, Mr Samuels, a former councillor who is unhappy with how the town council is run, disputes the number of e-mails he is alleged to have sent. He claims they are all related to matters of public concern.
He added: “When e-mailing councillors on this Keighley Town Council system I include all councillors, the town clerk, the Keighley News, MP Kris Hopkins, Secretary of State Eric Pickles and the BBC.
“The e-mails included comments from the public regarding concern over the manner in which our council operates – a situation that is the responsibility of all councillors.
“I have sent seven e-mails to [West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner] Mark Burns-Williamson regarding police involvement in this serious matter. One reply dated October 7 says a casework manager will make some enquiries with the police before a full response is available to me.”
A spokesman for Mr Burns-Williamson’s office said the police and crime commissioner would not be commenting on Mr Samuels’ complaint.