Essex

Former Chelmsford mayor David Lee's gagging bid fails

A former mayor from Essex has failed to stop the media revealing his legal action against police for a caution over indecent images of children.

David Lee, 47, who was mayor of Chelmsford, has launched a High Court challenge to quash the caution given to him by Essex Police three years ago.

Mr Lee was placed on the Sex Offenders Register after being cautioned in 2008.

He asked judges to order journalists not to reveal his identity because of the "impact" on his family.

But Lord Justice Aikens and Mrs Justice Swift refused Mr Lee's application for "anonymity", saying the general principle of open justice had to apply.

Mr Lee, a former member of Chelmsford Borough Council who resigned in November 2007 after the launch of a police investigation, was given permission on Wednesday to pursue a judicial review of Essex Constabulary's actions.

A date for a hearing of legal arguments has yet to be fixed.

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