THERE was a mixed response about the Mayor’s sacking when the Mail took to the centre of Hartlepool to ask residents their views.
Ian Holliday, 69, a divorced former seaman from the Central Estate, said: “I think he should lose his position as mayor.
“He is in a position of trust, supposedly the civic leader of the town – what sort of example is that showing if he can carry on as mayor after this episode?
“I think it’s totally wrong. He should either be sacked as mayor or stand down.”
Doreen Swalwell, 74, a married mother-of-four and former factory worker from the Central Estate, said: “You don’t get the sack for nothing, you must be sacked for a reason. There has to be a reason to dismiss.
“Yes it affects his position as mayor of Hartlepool.
“You should be squeaky clean for a mayor, for nothing at all to go wrong.
“He should resign, definitely.”
But Kenneth Lowther, 69, a dad of one and retired GEC factory worker from the town centre area, said: “From what I’ve seen, I think he should have a bit of an inquiry, like an appeal against it, give him a chance.
“It can’t affect his position as mayor.
“If it proves to be right, I don’t know everything about the case, but I think they should do an inquiry and sort it all out.
“I would reserve my judgement really, because I haven’t fully been into it.”
Norman Pinkney, a 70-year-old widower and dad-of-one who worked in security and lives in the Burbank area, said: “He has done nothing wrong in Hartlepool.
“What’s Newcastle got to do with Hartlepool for a start, it’s got nothing to do with Hartlepool.
“He is doing a fine job, let him stay in his job.
“It shouldn’t affect Hartlepool and he should retain his position as mayor.”
Yvonne Connell, 70, a widow and mother-of-one who used to own the Ship Inn and lives in the Oxford Road area, said: “I can’t comment on it because nobody knows the details. I don’t know enough about it to make any comment on it, I can only read what’s in the paper.
“It must have been done for a good reason, somebody loses their job, it’s not something you do out of the blue. They have to go into details.”