Portland town councillor hits out at social media rumours

Dorset Echo: Portland town councillor hits out at social media rumours Portland town councillor hits out at social media rumours

A PORTLAND town councillor has hit out against allegations made against him on social media.

Rumours began to circulate online that Cllr Richard Denton-White had been arrested for stealing alcohol from a supermarket.

One Facebook post read: “Just heard Richard Denton-White caught stealing a bottle of alcohol from Co-op. Anyone else heard this?”

Cllr Denton-White told the Echo that there was ‘no truth’ in the accusation and criticised people who had used the internet to slur his reputation.

Dozens of people took to Facebook to comment on the post, which was later deleted.

Dorset Police confirmed that they couldn’t find any recent reports of anyone being arrested for stealing alcohol at the store in Easton Square.

It comes after Cllr Denton-White hit the headlines when the controversial proposal to hike the Portland council tax precept by 1,000 per cent was put forward at a town council meeting.

Councillors scrapped the controversial decision to increase the precept by 1,000 per cent amid an island revolt and voted on a new figure of 1.99 per cent.

Following the initial meeting about the precept, Cllr Denton-White made a public apology after he told the crowd to ‘shut up’ as he was heckled while explaining that the extra money from the precept could pay for services such as the island caretaker.

At a later meeting, he walked out amid shouts for him to leave.

He believes that this accusation is an attempt to ‘fix him up’ following the tax drama.

He said: “There is absolutely no truth in this allegation.

“This is an unspeakable nastiness that someone has fabricated to fix me up and I suspect it is to do with the nasty proceedings which followed the issue of the council tax precept.”

He added: “I have got no criminal record. Why would a man who is a Portland town councillor, a professional teacher and who has just retired from the prison service on the island want to go into a local supermarket and steal a bottle of whisky?

“I’ve just returned from the Western Highlands in Scotland with three bottles of Scotch.”

He added: “Facebook is an open sewer and the stench of the lies that are falsely spread on social media can ruin innocent people’s lives. If I ever find out who made this allegation against me I will throw the legal book at them. It is character assassination.”

He added that his 16-year-old daughter had been left ‘upset’ by the allegation.

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5:52pm Tue 8 Apr 14

cosmick says...

The portlanders dont like this man but will not attempt to unseat him, so he will stay on his ego trip.
As will all the others up on PORTLAND., JUST WEAK.
The portlanders dont like this man but will not attempt to unseat him, so he will stay on his ego trip. As will all the others up on PORTLAND., JUST WEAK. cosmick
  • Score: 2

6:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Rocksalt says...

cosmick wrote:
The portlanders dont like this man but will not attempt to unseat him, so he will stay on his ego trip.
As will all the others up on PORTLAND., JUST WEAK.
How exactly do you think Portlanders can unseat him since the full council election is not until next year ? Please do tell.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: The portlanders dont like this man but will not attempt to unseat him, so he will stay on his ego trip. As will all the others up on PORTLAND., JUST WEAK.[/p][/quote]How exactly do you think Portlanders can unseat him since the full council election is not until next year ? Please do tell. Rocksalt
  • Score: 6

6:52pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Laadeeda says...

Quote, "Cllr Denton-White told the Echo that there was ‘no truth’ in the accusation and criticised people who had used the internet to slur his reputation."

Thought he did a good job himself at the various meetings he attended!!!!! Doesn't need the internet!
Quote, "Cllr Denton-White told the Echo that there was ‘no truth’ in the accusation and criticised people who had used the internet to slur his reputation." Thought he did a good job himself at the various meetings he attended!!!!! Doesn't need the internet! Laadeeda
  • Score: 17

7:20pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Foursite says...

Do Amanda and Elspie not drink scotch? enjoy your final year sad man.
Do Amanda and Elspie not drink scotch? enjoy your final year sad man. Foursite
  • Score: 13

7:25pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Richard, why don't you take my username and put up with Woodsedge and all his attacks? I do that in my sleep. No wonder this country is a world-joke with such narrow shoulders and sensitive little people in our political arena's ( except UKIP)

Do you really think you will get back any of the 100% of respect your council has lost by playing, "victim".?

Oh please......
Richard, why don't you take my username and put up with Woodsedge and all his attacks? I do that in my sleep. No wonder this country is a world-joke with such narrow shoulders and sensitive little people in our political arena's ( except UKIP) Do you really think you will get back any of the 100% of respect your council has lost by playing, "victim".? Oh please...... Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 6

8:36pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Tillydog says...

“Just heard Richard Denton-White caught stealing a bottle of alcohol from Co-op. Anyone else heard this?”
This sounds like a question someone is seeking verification of.?

“I have got no criminal record. Why would a man who is a Portland town councillor, a professional teacher and who has just retired from the prison service on the island want to go into a local supermarket and steal a bottle of whisky?
This sounds like someone who knows what the alleged bottle of alcohol was?
Someone telling porkies again.
“Just heard Richard Denton-White caught stealing a bottle of alcohol from Co-op. Anyone else heard this?” This sounds like a question someone is seeking verification of.? “I have got no criminal record. Why would a man who is a Portland town councillor, a professional teacher and who has just retired from the prison service on the island want to go into a local supermarket and steal a bottle of whisky? This sounds like someone who knows what the alleged bottle of alcohol was? Someone telling porkies again. Tillydog
  • Score: 7

2:42am Wed 9 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Always looks an angry little man.
Always looks an angry little man. westbaywonder
  • Score: 9

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