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Former Dundee councillor charged over 'racist texts'

A former Dundee SNP councillor has been charged by police after allegedly sending racist text messages to a female colleague.

Craig Melville resigned as a Maryfield ward councillor in February and was suspended from the party after the allegations came to light.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police can confirm that a 35-year-old man has been charged.

"A report will now be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

Following the allegations, Mr Melville was also suspended from his role as an aide to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie.

The commissioner for ethical standards in public life for Scotland has confirmed that a separate investigation into Mr Melville has been dropped.

In a statement issued following his resignation, the former councillor said: "The pressures of the recent deeply distressing allegations are having an adverse effect on the health of my family and I.

"Therefore I do not feel that I am currently able to fulfil my duties as councillor for the aforementioned ward and to continue as convener of the environment committee to the best of my abilities."

Mr Melville's seat was retained by the SNP after Lynne Short won a by-election last month.

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