Mallon is ‘sorry’ but stays in race

MIDDLESBROUGH mayor Ray Mallon has apologised for making offensive remarks about one of his officers.

Speaking at a press conference at Middlesbrough Town Hall, the former head of Hartlepool CID said he was “deeply sorry” for the remarks after a secret recording of a conversation he had with Mohammed Bashir, boss of Boro Cars, was published.

The pair have fallen out after a bitter court battle between the cab company and the council.

Mayor Mallon said: “I said the officer was so straight that if they had sex it would be in one position.

“I realise it was wrong of me to use such an analogy, I would never have used it in a public forum and even though this was a private conversation I accept I should not have used those words or the industrial language in it.

“I have apologised unreservedly to the officer concerned.”

Mr Mallon said he had considered standing down from the Mayoral elections. But he said he would allow the public to decided if they still want him on May 5.