Bleakley denies “vile comments” to police

Coun Robert Bleakley
Coun Robert Bleakley

UNDER-FIRE Wigan councillor Robert Bleakley faces an investigation following “vile comments” made to police officers.

Exact details of what is alleged to have been said have not been released but they are believed to be about the murders of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone by Dale Cregan.

Ch Supt Donnellan, the borough’s top police officer, has referred the incident to Wigan Council bosses calling for the “strongest of sanctions.”

But speaking to Wigan Today, Coun Bleakley said the claims were “nonsense” and that he had a witness to his conversations with the police officers.

The comments are understood to have been made after officers visited the Tyldesley councillor’s house on Wednesday after a tempestuous meeting of the full council.

A complaint had been submitted to Greater Manchester Police that Coun Bleakley had been the victim of harassment having been followed into the council chamber by television news crews.

Coun Bleakley is alleged to have made the comments to the officers who were making enquiries about the harassment claim.

Ch Supt Donnellan said: “I have made this complaint and asked that the strongest of sanctions be applied to Bleakley.

“He has abused his position and brought his office into disrepute, his comments were frankly vile. His comments reveal him to be a thoroughly unpleasant and nasty character.

“There can be no doubt that he made the comments to pour scorn on the plight of innocent victims of serious criminals.

“I have had to put in place special measures to ensure that other officers who may have to deal with him are sufficiently selected and protected.”

Last week Coun Bleakley told Wigan Today that he had received a death threat as a result of last week’s meeting.

He was dubbed the most expensive councillor in the country due to his poor attendance record by leader Lord Smith.

Today he said: “I have to say this is typical of Wigan Division to make up stories like this. I’ve done nothing wrong, I’m the victim here.”