Derby

Ex-Derbyshire County Council chairman faces theft charges

Robin Baldry
Image caption Robin Baldry was interviewed by police in September

The former chairman of Derbyshire County Council is to be charged with three counts of theft following a police investigation into his expenses.

Robin Baldry, Conservative councillor for Buxton West, is accused of over-claiming more than £5,000 for mileage and councillor allowances.

Mr Baldry was interviewed by police in September after the matter came to light during a council audit review.

Police said he will be charged in court at a date "in the near future".

Mr Baldry was chairman of the county council from June 2009 to April 2011.

Kevin Parkinson, Conservative chief whip at Derbyshire County Council, said: "I can confirm that a member of our group received a summons on 23 December to appear at a future court hearing.

"That member remains under a previous notice of possible suspension and when I am aware of the outcome from that future date I'll be able to take further action accordingly."

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