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Councillor gets police warning PIN notice.

Byline: SIMON GILBERT News Reporter simon.gilbert@trinitymirror.com

A SENIOR Coventry councillor has been issued with a police warning notice following allegations of harassment from a fellow member of the Labour Party.

Coun Jayne Innes, who is the cabinet member for city services, was hit with a 'Police Information Notice' (PIN) by Warwickshire Police earlier this year. The notice is not a formal legal action and does not imply guilt.

The Telegraph understands the PIN was issued to Coun Innes, who represents the Whoberely ward, in July after the employer of the alleged male harassment victim was contacted with allegations of homophobia and racism.

But Coun Innes told the Telegraph she was in touch with Warwickshire Police with a view to having the PIN withdrawn claiming she has been the victim of a long-running campaign of harassment herself.

A statement from Warwickshire Police said: "Concerns were raised to us on Friday, April 15. As a result officers spoke to the woman involved regarding the allegations.

"She was sent a postal notification issuing a Police Information Notice known as a PIN.

"At this time there have been no further contact regarding her behaviour. "A PIN is issued to an individual where allegations have been made regarding their behaviour and that it could constitute harassment.

"The PIN serves as a way of recording a matter should there be further incidents of a similar nature in the future." A PIN is a warning notice to individuals which is sometimes used by police where there are allegations of harassment.

These notices (sometimes called Harassment Warning Notices) are not covered by law, and don't themselves constitute any kind of formal legal action.

Despite the PINs not forming any sort of formal legal action they can appear in an enhanced DBS check sometimes carried out by employers.

There is also no formal right of appeal for those issued with a PIN and in 2015 the government's Home Office Affairs Committee acknowledged PINs "can feel very unfair to recipients".

Coun Innes said: "This allegation is being investigated by Warwickshire Police and I expect an outcome in the next day or two.

"I strongly refute all allegations and maintain I'm the victim here.

"While the investigation is underway it's not possible for me to comment further."

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