Police called in over ‘photoons’ against council

Councillor Andy Strangeway
Councillor Andy Strangeway

An East Riding councillor says he will continue to scrutinise the council ‘without fear or favour’ through his online cartoon series.

Andy Strangeway, independent councillor for Pocklington, says he faced being handed a harassment notice for his series of a satirical online cartoons, he has named ‘photoons’, aimed at other members of the council.

The cartoons feature conservative councillors with joke captions, which Cllr Strangeway says he uses to ‘scrutinise the council’.

He says he was called by Humberside Police on Wednesday, July 6, who attempted to issue him with a harassment warning notice with regarding alleged harassment of an anonymous Conservative ERYC ward councillor.

He said: “It’s an absolute disgrace. It is not a police matter and it should have been dealt with internally by the council. It is absolutely ridiculous that in 2016 satirical comics are considered to be breaking the law.”

Cllr Strangeway says he feels he is being ‘politically accosted”.

The police have since said they are no longer pursuing the case but instead he says he has been contacted by the council’s law department.

Cllr Strangeway said: “As an independent I hold the conservatives to account how I chose to do that is up to me. There is nothing that says what I can and can’t do.”

He could face sanctions under the council’s standards regime for breaching the authority’s code of conduct.