Last week Labour Councillor Rob Dix got away with an alleged incident involving racially aggreveated assault on an employee of the council’s own parking enforcement company Apoca who had the nerve to issue Councillor Dix with a parking ticket, click here.
The councillor was arrested, bailed, bailed again and then after things calmed down and the spotlight shifted to fellow Labour Councillor Eddie MacAtomoney click here no charges were brought!
Strange then how parking company bosses were summoned to a meeting with the Ed Malcolm & co and were left in no doubt that their contract may not be renewed.
Around the same time bloggers will recall Labour Councillors attacking their own enforcement company via the Shields Gazette click here, yes the same company that only months before they approved as their enforcers!
Mr Monkey has learned that Apoca bosses then interviewed the traffic warden concerned and tried to apply pressure to have him withdraw the accusations. He refused.
Since then the person in question has been ostracised by some of his bosses and his life has been made pretty uncomfortable. Mr Monkey wonders whether this is a concerted attempt, because of external pressure, to get rid of him.
The traffic warden has also faced hostility and abuse from certain quarters and been intimidated by a number of ‘heavies’ who he claims racially abused him.
When he subsequently called the police the ‘heavies’ stuck to what appeared to be a pre-determined story to discredit the individual and claimed he was lying. The traffic warden was then bizarrely arrested for wasting police time and is currently suspended.
All this before Councillor Rob Dix had to answer bail (for the second time)!
Coincidence, or a deliberate attempt to discredit the individual .. well you make up your mind.
Mr Monkey will be watching with interest who the Labour’s candidates are in in 2010 and reckons that we may well see someone with a police an interesting background. It’s not that long since the Mayor’s chauffeur was rewarded rose to the dizzy heights of Mayor for helping a certain Iain Malcolm recover from a kick up the arse!