UK's first eastern European mayor appears in court charged with rape

Britain’s first-ever eastern European mayor, 41, appears in court charged with raping a woman as he is suspended from local Conservative party

  • Aigars Balsevics, 41, appeared before magistrates in Peterborough on Friday
  • He spoke to confirm his name, age and address during the five-minute hearing
  • The ex-Wisbech mayor was suspended from the Conservative party yesterday
  • He was remanded on bail to appear before Cambridge Crown Court next month
  • Britain’s first ever eastern European mayor has been suspended from the Conservative Party after being charged with raping a woman.

    Aigars Balsevics, 41, appeared before magistrates in Peterborough today accused of raping a woman in Wisbech, 剑桥郡, 去年五月.

    He spoke to confirm his name, age and address during the five-minute hearing.

    The former Wisbech mayor was suspended from the party yesterday after details of the allegation became known to its members, 报告 The Wisbech Standard.

    Aigars Balsevics (arriving at Peterborough Magistrates' Court), 41, appeared before magistrates in Peterborough today accused of raping a woman in Wisbech in May last year

    Aigars Balsevics (arriving at Peterborough Magistrates’ 法庭), 41, appeared before magistrates in Peterborough today accused of raping a woman in Wisbech in May last year

    The case was adjourned and Balsevics was remanded on bail to appear before Cambridge Crown Court on February 11.

    An emergency meeting of the North East Cambs Conservative Association (NECCA), was arranged by its chairman, councillor Jan French, 星期四.

    Cllr French said the suspension was with immediate effect and will remain in force until the end of proceedings.

    她补充说: ‘It would be wrong to comment any further at this stage.

    The former Wisbech mayor (上图) was suspended from the Conservative Party yesterday after details of the allegation became known to its members

    The former Wisbech mayor (上图) was suspended from the Conservative Party yesterday after details of the allegation became known to its members

    Balsevics remains a councillor but is now an independent.

    Born in Latvia, he moved to the UK in 2003 and became a town councillor 13 多年后, 在 2016.

    Balsevics became Conservative mayor of Wisbech when he was made chairman of the town council in May 2020.

    He runs three pubs in Wisbech but was stripped of his licence in 2021 after breaking Covid regulations by allowing customers to hug and kiss on Christmas Eve in 2020.

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