Cumbria councillor remanded on rape charges

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Mr Brunskill has been a councillor since 1991

A councillor from Cumbria has been remanded in custody accused of raping a boy.

Tony Brunskill, of Great Salkeld, is accused of three counts of rape and one count of inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity.

No pleas were entered when the 65-year-old independent councillor appeared at Carlisle Crown Court on Monday.

He was remanded in custody until 18 April. Mr Brunskill represents the Lazonby ward for Eden District Council.

Cumbria Police said the offences were alleged to have taken place in Penrith between 2007 and 2010.

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