‘No case to answer’ fellow councillor Steve Tierney reveals Aigars Balsevics cleared of any involvement in alleged affray

17:42 14 February 2016

Aigars Balsevics, Wisbech Cllr for Hill and Staithe. Picture: Steve Williams.

Aigars Balsevics, Wisbech Cllr for Hill and Staithe. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Wisbech town councillor Aigars Balsevics has been cleared of any involvement in an alleged affray outside his pub.

The news was released today by his friend and fellow Tory councillor Steve Tierney.

Cllr Tierney revealed the details on his blog, describing “some of the behaviour of the police as extraordinary”.

Here is the full text of Cllr Tierney’s blog:

“Back in December, my colleague and friend Aigars Balsevics was arrested after an incident at The Angel pub in Wisbech.

“Aigars has maintained from the outset that he did nothing wrong and that he was simply trying to calm the situation.

“Our local newspaper, against press guidance, legal guidance, and police guidance, decided to publish his name before he had been charged with anything.

“They then published his name again when the police “extended the period of investigation” in January.

“Aigars cooperated throughout, and the police confiscated the CCTV of the entire incident – they had everything they needed to fully investigate. EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED.

“It is therefore VERY TELLING that after several weeks of ‘investigating’ they have returned the CCTV, dropped the investigation and admitted there is no case to answer.

“I wonder if the local newspaper that was so quick to publish the name of an innocent man and damage his reputation will be as quick to make this clear.

“I wonder if it will be given as big a billing as the original stories. I very much hope so.

“I wonder if the racists who just hate anybody who is not English, particularly one who is successful, will be as quick to admit that they got it completely wrong. AGAIN. Doubtful, because their tiny little minds are full of nothing but hate.

“There is more to tell about all this – some of the behaviour of the Police was extraordinary. I would like to get on a soap box and get it out in the open, but Aigars has had his name dragged through enough dirt. So it will have to wait. For now.”

3 comments

  • No apology from the newspaper? Having checked the guidelines, I have to agree with the councillor, I may not agree with him many times I find that the grudgingly published statement falls way short of what Mr Balsevics should expect from the paper, in fact the statement was only published many hours after a statement on social media with many if not all the Wisbech residents on that particular group agreeing that the newspapers should apologise, clearly an attempt by the newspaper to try and limit any bad publicity for themselves, whilst dishing it out to others, without admitting that they had broken guidelines, prejudiced any case there may have been to answer and deliberately attempted to blacken a mans name and character, I sincerely hope that the editor will rectify this very soon, to delay will show that they don't want to report the facts but just print sensationalist rubbish.

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    Mlr740

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • The criticism and name-calling of anonymous "Daves" is not uncommon. I tell it as I see it, as you do "Dave." Get over yourself.

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    Steve Tierney

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • Hang on Councillor Tierney criticising the police and press again, how very sad. Was he out and witnessed the Fracas, bet he wasn't. Who really cares what Cllr Tierney thinks in his silly little blog. Councillors aren't really role models for anything, there was that one with the gun in his house (mmmm great) then the one fiddling benefits. These so called "Spokesperson" get elected on a few hundred votes. Mr Balsevics has chosen to keep his thoughts to himself and proves he is an Honourable man, while Tierney has to play the politician, very very sad.

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    daveb123

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

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