September 02, 2008

Arrest warrant issued for Burnley politician

 
The BNP's John Rowe, smirking as he's nicked for being a moron
A warrant has been issued after a political campaigner failed to attend court over allegations that he used a fire alarm to disrupt a town hall meeting.

Councillors and Burnley Mayor Coun Ida Carmichael, along with chief executive Steve Rumbelow and his directors, were forced to abandon the town hall after the alarm interrupted a full council meeting in May. Rowe, formerly of Cowper Street, Burnley, was later arrested by Lancashire Police and taken to the town's police station for questioning after allegedly being found trapped inside a town hall compound, following the incident.

Police later issued British National Party council candidate John Rowe, 52, with an £80 fixed penalty notice, in relation to an offence of criminal damage.

Rowe was summonsed to appear before Burnley Magistrates Court, to face a full criminal hearing after he was alleged not to have paid the charge. His case yesterday had originally been adjourned from August 11, to enable him to attend court. But when he did not appear magistrates issued a warrant backed by bail for his arrest.

Following his arrest in May, Rowe said he would be seeking legal advice about the matter, claiming that the council's chief executive had acted illegally in barring him from the authority's meetings. Council sources have previously confirmed that Rowe can only attend meetings with prior written consent, following a number of angry stand-offs at previous council sessions.

Police and council bosses hit out after the incident in May, saying that vital resources could have been diverted from a genuine emergency.

Rowe has twice stood unsuccessfully for the Rosgrove with Lowerhouse ward on Burnley council. His first attempt for political office ended in an High Court battle, after the BNP candiate tied with Labour councillor Paul Reynolds. Law lords rejected his claim that a single vote, cast in Coun Reynolds' favour, should have been discounted as it was marked with a diagonal stroke instead of a full 'X'.

Lancashire Telegraph

13 comments:

Spammer said...

"Council sources have previously confirmed that Rowe can only attend meetings with prior written consent, following a number of angry stand-offs at previous council sessions."

He sounds like the typical, gobby BNP councillor to me, with their usual lack of interest in democracy.

Anonymous said...

He sounds and looks like a real arsehole.

Anonymous said...

Lets all hope he fucks off to the US too rather than facing the music!

fuinj said...

Personally I'd like to see him get banged up.

Dark Poet said...

goofy pale motherfucker, isn't he?

Master Race - you're 'avin' a larf....

Anonymous said...

"The BNP's John Rowe, smirking as he's nicked for being a moron"

You got that right!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Spammer- It appears Rowe is a failed BNP candidate not a Nutzie Councillor.

Mind you apart from that your comments are spot on !

Old Sailor

Anonymous said...

So this bozo isn't a councillor though he's trying to be one and he's still stifling debate by fucking up meetings and setting off alarms because he can't get his own way. What the hell would he be like if he actually was a councillor?

Anonymous said...

"What the hell would he be like if he actually was a councillor?"

Crap, like every other BNP councillor.

Mark Collett said...

He looks a bit simple to me.

The Pope said...

Someone should give this guy a swift kick in the bollocks. Allegedly.

Anonymous said...

By god they really do dredge the bottom of the pond when looking for candidates, don't they?

The Burnley branch is priceless when it comes to entertainment value.

Anonymous said...

"Someone should give this guy a swift kick in the bollocks. Allegedly."

Does the 'Allegedly' refer to the kick, or to this moron really possesing bollocks ?

Pesonally I find his photo makes no claim to the latter !

Old Sailor