Thomas Hogg: Former DUP mayor charged with child sex offences

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Image caption Thomas Hogg is a former Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

A former DUP mayor has resigned from the party and Antrim and Newtownabbey council after being charged with sexual offences involving a child.

Thomas Hogg, 31, was arrested after a dance music festival in the grounds of the V36 park last Saturday.

It is owned by the council.

He has been charged with sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause or incite a child between 13 and 16 years to engage in sexual activity.

Mr Hogg, who is a former Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court later this month.

A PSNI spokesperson said that the charges would be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Mr Hogg has resigned from the council with immediate effect.

A DUP spokesman said on Wednesday that the party had suspended the membership of Mr Hogg pending the outcome of a court case.

The spokesman added that the DUP had since received Mr Hogg's resignation from the party with immediate effect.