Cartoonist cautioned over pictures of councillor naked or in Nazi uniform

Daily Echo: Victim: Cllr Alan O'Sullivan Victim: Cllr Alan O'Sullivan

A CARTOONIST has been cautioned by police after publishing images of a councillor either naked or wearing a Nazi uniform.

Rod England, 67, was interviewed by police and removed the offending images from his website following a complaint made by Cllr Alan O’Sullivan.

It follows a long-running row over who should represent Lymington on Hampshire County Council.

Cllr O’Sullivan is a member of New Milton Town Council and a governor of the town’s junior school. However, he has been chosen by New Forest West Conservative Association (NFWCA) to contest the Lymington seat at the forthcoming county council elections.

The move angered Lymington Tories, who wanted someone from the town selected. Lady Georgina Craufurd, chairman of the Lymington branch of the NFWCA, has been suspended from the party for criticising the way the issue was handled.

Mr England said one of the Lymington Tories told him the NFWCA were “behaving like Nazis”, which inspired him to draw the two cartoons.

But police called at his Barton-on-Sea home and issued him with a caution for causing harassment, alarm or distress.

Cllr O’Sullivan confirmed Mr England had apologised to him.

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