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Kent youth crime commissioner's friendship with married ex-councillor investigated

PUBLISHED: 11:01 04 June 2014

Kerry will not be undertaking any public engagements for the time being. Picture: PA/Gareth Fuller.

Kerry will not be undertaking any public engagements for the time being. Picture: PA/Gareth Fuller.

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A youth crime commissioner will not be undertaking public duties as her close friendship with a married 50-year-old ex councillor is investigated.

Kerry Boyd, 20, will not be “undertaking any public engagements for the time being” after her friendship with father of two Robert Burgess emerged.

Mr Burgess, who lost his Margate West seat last May, said: “I have helped her with her work and she has helped me with mine.

“She won’t contact me. She is obviously quite upset by all the allegations and stuff going on. She is a dear friend. I care about what happens to her. If she lost her job because of a friendhship with me, that would be a shame. I am devastated.”

Kerry was appointed to the £15,000 a year position after the previous Kent youth crime commissioner, Paris Brown, resigned over racist and homophobic tweets being uncovered.

Despite being vetted to avoid further scandal, Kerry did not mention her close friendship with Mr Burgess.

In a statement released today, Ann Barnes said: “We are supporting Kerry at this difficult time for her. We are concerned that Kerry did not feel able to disclose the full extent of her personal circumstances earlier but as further enquiries are taking place it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

“As part of our support for Kerry she is not undertaking any public engagements for the time being.”

The scandal is the second blow for the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, who came under fire for her decision to appear in a Channel 4 documentary last week.

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