Leader of the Council, Councillor Miles Parkinson, said, ‘Whilst we are not able to comment on matters relating to any ongoing Police investigation, we can confirm that Councillor Britcliffe has agreed to stand aside from his Mayoral duties and that he has made a personal statement setting out his reasons for this decision.

Over the next couple of days the Council will be looking at any Mayoral engagements that have been booked and getting in touch with the organisers to discuss alternative arrangements. We very much want to continue supporting local organisations and charities at their events, and we are confident that alternative arrangements can be put in place very shortly.’