Fraud charges against Caerphilly Council bosses dropped

Fraud charges against three senior members of staff at Caerphilly Council have been dropped.

The chief executive Anthony O'Sullivan, his deputy Nigel Barnett and the council's head of legal services, Daniel Perkins, were arrested on suspicion of fraud and misconduct in public office and questioned by Avon and Somerset police in 2013.

The three appeared in Bristol Crown Court in January.

Caerphilly County Borough Council deputy chief executive Nigel Barnett (left) arrives at Bristol Crown Court with Daniel Perkins where they appeared alongside chief executive Michael Anthony O'Sullivan to face a single charge of misconduct in a public off Credit: PA

Today Caerphilly Borough Council told ITV Cymru Wales they had received confirmation that the charges against the three senior officers have been dropped.

The three will remain suspended while the council now deals with matter in accordance with its own procedures.

Caerphilly Council workers demonstrated when the chief executive was awarded a pay rise. Credit: ITV News

Caerphilly MP Wayne David said, “I am appalled that it has taken so long for this decision to be arrived at. It is disgraceful that the Judiciary and the Crown Prosecution Service has allowed this case to drag on for so long.

The Crown Prosecution Service says the case was dismissed after an application from the defence.