The Malvern Hills District Council standards committee was wrong. In fact, at the time of the alleged incident I was acting as a private citizen and I had a number of witnesses to prove this.

The code of conduct did not apply in these circumstances, despite Malvern Hills District Council fabricating a case against me which holds no water.

Malvern Town Council has supported my position wholeheartedly and has refused to accept the standards committee’s recommendations on the advice of learned counsel.

Both Malvern Town Council and I have been subjected to a malicious harassment and threats, and the district council continues to waste taxpayers' money in pursuing this.

I have suffered 12 months of unnecessary stress despite my heart condition, of which the district council is fully aware.

Mike Charles