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Investigation into former Bury St Edmunds councillor's Facebook posts 'suspended'

An investigation into a former Bury St Edmunds councillor's social media posts has been 'suspended'.

Frank Warby, who represented Moreton Hall on West Suffolk Council as a Conservative, was at the centre of an investigation after the authority received complaints about posts he shared on Facebook.

The posts were in relation to the latest controversies over race and inequality after the death of George Floyd in the US.

Frank Warby. (36749677)
Frank Warby. (36749677)

On Friday night, the council announced it would launch a formal standards investigation but Mr Warby resigned as a councillor on Monday.

A council spokesman said: “West Suffolk Council had launched a standards investigation into the conduct of Cllr Frank Warby and posts made on social media.

"Following the resignation of Cllr Warby we have consulted with the independent person on the future of the investigation process.

"The independent person is appointed to provide their views on allegations of breaches of the West Suffolk councillor’s code of conduct and the chief executive has now confirmed that the investigation has been suspended."

Following Mr Warby's resignation as a councillor, a notice of vacancy will be displayed on the council's website and on the public noticeboard at its offices.

An election can be requested by two electors in West Suffolk.

The spokesman added: "However, under the current circumstances Government regulations mean we are not allowed to hold any by-elections between now and May 6, 2021.

"That may change if the public health situation improves and Government lift the ban."

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