Councillor faces trial after arrest
COUNCILLOR Bob Bailey will stand trial after he pleaded not guilty to a motoring offence at Havering Magistrates Court last Friday. The court heard that on Thursday May 28 he was pulled over by police in London Road, Romford. Cllr Bailey, 43, of Sylvan A
COUNCILLOR Bob Bailey will stand trial after he pleaded not guilty to a motoring offence at Havering Magistrates Court last Friday.
The court heard that on Thursday May 28 he was pulled over by police in London Road, Romford.
Cllr Bailey, 43, of Sylvan Avenue, Chadwell Heath, was arrested and charged with failing to provide a specimen after allegedly refusing a breathalyser test.
The leader of the opposition party on Barking and Dagenham council wore a grey suit, pink shirt and tie in court on May 5.
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He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address and to plead not guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath.
Cllr Bailey was also instructed to take his hands out of his pockets by the Chairman of the Bench, Thomas Henderson, to which he replied "sorry your honour".
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Chris Sweetman, defending, told the court that he would be seeking expert analysis of the CCTV footage of his client in custody at the police station.
He also asked that two other charges against Bailey be adjourned until after the trial.
Mr Sweetman said: "The expert will require the CCTV evidence of the defendant in custody.
"I am hopeful that the crown will provide this."
The trial date was set for September 2 at 9.30am.
Cllr Bailey was released on unconditional bail but he was warned that if he committed any further offences they would be treated much more seriously.
He was also told that if he did not turn up for his trial at the appointed time and date that he would be arrested and would spend the night in a police cell.