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Former DUP mayor charged with child sex offences quits party

Ex-DUP mayor quits after being charged with child sex offences
Thomas Hogg will appeared earlier than Belfast Magistrates’ Court later this month

A former DUP mayor has stop the party after being charged with child sex offences.

Thomas Hogg, 31, was arrested within the grounds of dance music competition VFest36, in Newtownabbey, Belfast.

The park the place he was arrested is owned by Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, of which he is the previous mayor.

Mr Hogg has been charged with sexual communication with a child and making an attempt to trigger or incite youngsters between 13 and 16 to have interaction in sexual exercise.

He is about to look earlier than Belfast Magistrates’ Court later this month to face the fees.

The DUP stated it had suspended Mr Hogg on Wednesday morning ‘pending the outcome of a court case’.

DUP councillor Thomas Hogg, 30, who was convicted of drink-driving has won back his council seat with an increased vote.
The former mayor has resigned from the party (Picture: PA)

A party spokesman stated Mr Hogg subsequently resigned from the party with quick impact.

Mr Hogg served as mayor of Newtownabbey from 2014-15.

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He was awarded an MBE within the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for companies to native authorities.

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