No action against former councillor arrested on suspicion of fraud

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THE CASE against a former councillor arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the wearing of military medals has been dropped.

Richard Vallery-Peters was arrested on Monday, July 9 at his home in Ashburnham Road in Hastings.

The arrest on suspicion of fraud by false representation came just weeks after he met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The Observer understood the arrest related to the wearing of military medals in public.

A statement from Sussex Police earlier this week confirmed no charges would be brought against the 47-year-old.

Sussex Police spokesman Andy Freeman said: “A 47-year-old man from Hastings who was arrested on Monday, July 9 on suspicion of fraud by false representation and bailed until August 6, has been informed that no action is to be taken against him on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service.”

When the Observer contacted Mr Vallery-Peters at his home he was unavailable to comment.

A former Royal Navy rating, he was the Conservative councillor for Baird ward from 2004 until May this year when he lost his seat.

Later that month he was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty The Queen during a special tea party.

He was invited in recognition of his council and charity work having raised £30,000 for local causes including the Hasting & St Leonards Veterans Association.