A Tory who caused outrage by suggesting that gypsy travellers should be “executed” has quit as a councillor. Alan Mellins — who made the comment to shocked colleagues and staff in the middle of a planning scrutiny meeting — issued the following statement: “It was never my intention to cause offence. The remark was irresponsible and […]

Asked by a council officer — in the middle of a planning scrutiny meeting — for suggestions for speeding up the eviction of travellers, this was the response of Maidenhead Tory Cllr Alan Mellins: “Execute them.” With up to 500,000 Roma gypsies having been executed by the Nazis in World War II, Cllr Mellins told the Maidenhead […]