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Stroud District Council's vice chairman Ray Apperley stands down

Conservative Ray Apperley - image courtesy Stroud District Council
Image caption Ray Apperley was cautioned for possessing two canisters of CS spray

The vice chairman of Stroud District Council has resigned from the position following a police raid on his home.

Conservative Ray Apperley also resigned as a committee member. He said he would continue to serve as councillor for The Stanleys ward until the May elections.

Police seized 28 cannabis plants, herbal cannabis and cannabis resin in a raid on Mr Apperley's home in Longridge on 15 November.

Mr Apperley, 67, was cautioned for possessing two canisters of CS spray.

A 35-year-old man has been charged with production of cannabis and possession of cannabis.

He is due to appear before Stroud magistrates next month.

At a council meeting on Thursday, the Labour group called for an extra-ordinary meeting to put a vote of no confidence to Mr Apperley.

Councillors were told that there was no provision in law or the constitution for a vote of no confidence, and that it would not be possible to take that decision.

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