The Shields Gazette web site is already reporting their initial coverage of tonight’s full council meeting, which is not a bad preamble to what will follow in tomorrows full edition. I seem to remember that I told you it was worth hanging around for.
More to follow on this site on what the Gazette cant report!
Council meeting abandoned amid angry stand-off
A COUNCIL meeting was abandoned tonight (Thursday) after chaos erupted in the packed public gallery.
At one point, a council executive even threatened to call the police after the public refused to leave under the orders of the Mayor.Throughout the full council's monthly meeting, members of the public continually interrupted proceedings with a stinging barrage of criticisms.But after four hours the verbal sparring became too much, and South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Tracey Dixon, asked the public to leave, with the meeting adjourned for five minutes to allow them to exit.
But despite her pleas, the crowd of around 20 people refused to move, and even the threat of police action from one executive was ignored, and the Mayor was forced to abandon the meeting.
The meeting will be continued at a later date, to be chosen by the Mayor.
For the latest updates and reaction, see tomorrow's Gazette.