Kent Youth Commissioner under investigation

An investigation is underway following reports in the Sun newspaper, that the Youth Commissioner for Kent had affair with an ex-Tory councillor. She has been temporarily relieved off her duties.

VIDEO: Statement from Ann Barnes on Kent's Youth Commissioner

A youth crime tsar has been temporarily suspended from duty following allegations she had a relationship with a married former councillor.

Kerry Boyd became the Kent youth crime commissioner in March after her predecessor Paris Brown, then 17, resigned over offensive comments she made on Twitter.

The 20-year-old former London 2012 torchbearer is reported to have had a close friendship with former Kent county councillor Robert Burgess.

A short time ago Kent Police and Crime Commission Ann Barnes said that she was "supporting Kerry at this difficult time".

Ms Barnes is under pressure after she appeared on a documentary last week.

Thousands of people took to Twitter to question her performance in the PCC role.

Youth Crime Commissioner off duty while under investigation

Kent's youth crime tsar, Kerry Boyd, has been temporarily suspended following allegations she had a close relationship with married former Kent county councillor Robert Burgess.

Electrical engineer Mr Burgess told the Sun newspaper: "I have been very close with Kerry. She is quite upset by all the allegations. I am devastated. I care for her a lot."

We are concerned that Kerry did not feel able to disclose the full extent of her personal circumstances earlier but as further enquiries are taking place it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

– Spokesperson for Ann Barnes, Kent PCC

The news is the latest controversy to hit Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, who was accused last week of damaging the reputation of Kent Police force in the Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary "Meet The Commissioner."

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Kent's Youth Commissioner 'not undertaking public engagements' following reports of affair

The Youth Commissioner for Kent, Kerry Boyd, is under fire following reports of a close relationship with a 50-year-old ex-Tory Councillor, according to the Sun. Ann Barnes office said the 20-year-old has been temporarily relieved off her duties whilst enquiries continue.

We are supporting Kerry at this difficult time for her. We are concerned that Kerry did not feel able to disclose the full extent of her personal circumstances earlier but as further enquiries are taking place it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

As part of our support for Kerry she is not undertaking any public engagements for the time being.

– Statement from Ann Barnes office