Theft-accused Melton borough councillor Norman Slater resigns from Melton Council ‘on grounds of ill health’

Former Melton borough councillor Norman Slater has admitted in court to stealing �3,205 from a lunch club he operated at The Edge Sure Start Children's and Community Centre in Melton

Former Melton borough councillor Norman Slater has admitted in court to stealing �3,205 from a lunch club he operated at The Edge Sure Start Children's and Community Centre in Melton

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Melton borough councillor Norman Slater, who is due to appear in court on Wednesday (March 11) having been charged with theft, has resigned from Melton Council.

Mr Slater (61), who had been a councillor for 12 years, is charged in connection with a lunch club he operated at The Edge Sure Start Children’s Centre in Dalby Road.

He had told the Melton Times this week he intended to stand for re-election in May but the council has since confirmed that Mr Slater had resigned ‘on the grounds of ill health’.

Mr Slater - who was one of two members for the council’s Warwick Ward - sat on a number of council committees and was the council’s lead member for access. He is also chairman of the Melton Access and Melton Shopmobility groups.

He is due to appear at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “A 61-year-old man has been charged with theft. The charge relates to a report of theft from a Leicestershire County Council-subsidised lunch club.”