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Councillor reports man who called him ‘scruffy’ to police


No regrets: Councillor Martin Eakins
No regrets: Councillor Martin Eakins

A councillor reported a man to police for calling him scruffy during a meeting.

Liberal Democrat Martin Eakins was so incensed by the remarks that he demanded officers had a word with the ‘offender’ – former councillor Mike Kane.

A police community support officer was sent to Mr Kane’s home.

Mr Kane said: “I couldn’t believe it. I was sitting in my living room and was just about to go to bed when there was a knock on the door and there was a PCSO.

“I didn’t know what was wrong. When the officer told me that I’d been reported for making inflammatory remarks, I was absolutely speechless.

“It just seems a major overreaction for a couple of remarks made at a public meeting.”

Mr Kane made the comments about Coun Eakins’ appearance at a meeting of the Wythenshawe Area Committee. He said: “I’d said something about him not being suited to speaking in public if he was always so scruffy.

“It became quite heated but I thought no more of it until the police came to my door.”

Now police authority bosses have questioned the use of police resources and vowed to take the matter directly to Chief Constable Peter Fahy.

But Coun Eakins, who defeated Mr Kane in the fight for the Northenden council seat in 2008, defended the decision to call the police.

He claimed Mr Kane had a history of verbally abusing members of the Liberal Democrat campaign group.

He said: “The call to the police wasn’t just about the comments at the public meeting.

“Mike’s behaviour has been a cause of concern for some time. He has a history of making inappropriate remarks and I just thought it was time to nip it in the bud. I don’t regret calling the police.” But Coun Paul Murphy, chair of the police authority, has demanded an explanation from the chief constable.

He said: “This is not an appropriate use of police resources and I will be writing to the chief constable to express my concerns.”

Greater Manchester Police confirmed a complaint had been made about Mr Kane and that a PCSO had been sent to his home.

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