Emery-Wallis sex case is dropped

No action is to be taken against a former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth who was arrested after allegations of child abuse.

Prosecutors have decided to stop all legal proceedings against Freddie Emery-Wallis, who had been questioned in relation to allegations he indecently assaulted a girl.

Following a police investigation detectives passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service, but lawyers there decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

Crown Prosecution Service district chief prosecutor Tim Cole said: 'The police referred a file to Crown prosecutors at the end of their investigation. It was reviewed in accordance with the code of Crown prosecutors.

'After careful consideration we concluded there was insufficient evidence to have a realistic prospect of prosecution.'

The dropping of the investigation comes after 80-year-old Emery-Wallis handed himself into police at Fareham Police Station in March following an allegation believed to date back decades.

Emery-Wallis – whose full name is Frederick Alfred John Emery-Wallis – rubbed shoulders with royalty and VIPs during his political career and in his illustrious heyday he was leader of Hampshire County Council, deputy lord lieutenant of Hampshire and was made Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's birthday honours list in 1999 after serving the public as a city and county councillor for 40 years.

But he suffered a spectacular fall from grace, being stripped of his CBE and role as deputy lord lieutenant when he was found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys and jailed for nine months in 2001.

Emery-Wallis attacked the two teenage paperboys above the shop he owned in Leith Avenue, Paulsgrove, in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was cleared of a further count of indecent assault and one of attempted buggery after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

The ex-leader of Hampshire County Council and former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth started his career in 1961 when he was elected as a Tory councillor for the St Thomas ward of Portsmouth City Council.

In 1968 he became Lord Mayor and between 1969 and 1974 he was Alderman to the city council – a role second to that of Lord Mayor. In 1973 Emery-Wallis became a county councillor, graduating to leader in 1976.