North West Wales

Conwy council chief charged with rape

Byron Davies
Image caption Byron Davies became Conwy council chief executive in February last year

The chief executive officer of Conwy council, Byron Davies, has been charged with rape.

Mr Davies, 52, was 'temporarily relieved' of his duties in March, after North Wales Police received a complaint of an alleged sexual assault.

He has been bailed to an address outside the force area and will be appearing before Llandudno Magistrates court on 21 July.

A spokesperson for Conwy council said was inappropriate to comment.

Mr Davies was arrested in March for an alleged sexual assault, and later released on bail.

Investigation

Mr Davies, who has been head at Conwy council since February 2009, was temporarily relieved of his duties with the local authority while the police investigated.

In a statement on Wednesday North Wales Police said: "A 52-year-old man has today been charged with rape.

"He has been bailed to an address outside the force area and will be appearing before Llandudno Magistrates court on 21st July 2010. There are no further details available."

A spokeswoman for Conwy County Borough Council said "it is inappropriate to comment on a police matter."

Mr Davies, who is from Swansea originally, was appointed after moving from Caradon District Council, Cornwall where he was also Chief Executive.

In March this year Conwy County Borough Council voted to appoint Ken Finch one of the authority's corporate directors as acting Chief Executive.

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