Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'These Are Abhorrent Allegations That Go against Everything I Believe In'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'These Are Abhorrent Allegations That Go against Everything I Believe In'

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IN a statement, Mike Owen said he had resigned 'in order to reduce cost and disruption to the council' and after deciding his position was untenable.

He said he was 'very proud to have served the people of Bury for over 30 years, adding: "Right from the outset, I have denied any deliberate wrongdoing in this case.

"This was a totally unique, complex and sensitive situation caused by the actions of an ex-councillor and, by acceding to a request from the police to allow them a short amount of time to investigate historical allegations, I honestly believed I was acting in everyone's best interests, including the wider Bury community."

Mr Owen said 'effective safeguarding took place and no child was harmed', adding: "However with the benefit of hindsight it is clear that, despite my best intentions, due to inexperience (the matter arose on my first day in the chief executive role) I made procedural errors of judgment in this case and that is something for which I am truly sorry. …

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