Portsmouth Lib Dem councillor investigated for ‘shouting’ at policeman

Cllr Lee Hunt, below, is being investigated over comments he made
Cllr Lee Hunt, below, is being investigated over comments he made
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A LIB Dem councillor is under investigation following accusations that he shouted at a Hampshire police officer.

Portsmouth City Council is leading a probe into Cllr Lee Hunt’s behaviour after it was claimed he spoke to PC Matt Moss out of turn after a meeting.

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Tory activist Stuart Crow claims Cllr Hunt shouted at PC Moss because he and Mr Crow were having a conversation.

But Cllr Hunt insists Mr Crow has ‘twisted’ what really happened for political purposes.

Cllr Hunt said: ‘Stuart Crow is embellishing like mad.’

The situation arose in July last year.

Cllr Hunt said: ‘PC Moss had tweeted about resident parking zones, taking the view of a local pub landlord who said his business had been affected.

‘So I contacted the police and said “is this really on?”.

‘They said no it wasn’t, and that resulted in him being given some advice.

‘So when I was at the council, I asked him why he had done it. There was no rowing.

He added: ‘The conversation lasted a split second and Mr Crow is spinning it for party political purposes.’

But Mr Crow, who reported the incident to the council, said: ‘Cllr Hunt was shouting and having a public row with a police officer, and he seemed to be doing that to restrict my access to PC Moss to discuss an issue relating to public policy.

‘He was trying to prevent me from speaking to PC Moss and other members of the public.’

The most severe action which could be taken against Cllr Hunt would be to ban him from council property for up to six months and for the council to express its disapproval in a formal statement.

But there are no laws in place to remove anyone in their position as a councillor.

Tory councillor Alistair Thompson, who is chairing the investigation, said he did not wish to comment on proceedings while they were ongoing.

But he did say evidence about the incident had been collected from PC Moss.

When asked to comment, Hampshire police said it was a matter for the council.