Police called amid claims ‘councillors took headteacher hostage in school’

The Sevenoaks Chronicle is reporting that three councillors have been accused of holding the head teacher of local Wrotham School ‘hostage’ in the school. 

Police were called to a stand-off between headteacher Matthew Wright and councillors Mike Taylor, Robin Betts and Harry Rayner …

The councillors, who are members of a management committee for the 2011-built 3G pitch in Whitegate Field, had turned up to the school on Friday (March 4) to discuss concerns over its use of community funds in the purchase of a new boiler…

But Borough Green Parish Council chairman Mike Taylor had parked his work van in the car park – in a position Mr Wright claimed blocked him from leaving.

A Kent Police spokesman said they were called at 3.43pm to a report a member of staff’s car had been blocked in but said the man “was able to manoeuvre his vehicle and leave the premises without police assistance”…

Mr Betts, borough councillor for Wrotham, Ightham and Stansted, said the incident “had all got a bit out of hand”…

Despite this, just hours after the incident, [chair of governors] Mrs Smith emailed TMBC’s sports development director Beverley Emmerson, saying: “What happened this afternoon at Wrotham School was disgraceful and indeed criminal. In our opinion three members of your committee were guilty of aggravated obstruction and holding Mr Wright hostage in the school, both serious criminal acts.”…

Mr Rayner said the three councillors, who are members of a management committee for the 2011-built 3G pitch, were well within their right to investigate claims of financial impropriety regarding the school.

Mr Taylor said: “We were asked to leave by Mr Wright and another member of staff as soon as we got there. Their behaviour was rude, belligerent and arrogant.”

Mr Rayner said the management committee would be contacting the school’s auditors and taking further legal advice…

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All seems a bit strange…

 

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