A Tory councilor who was arrested on suspicion of hate crime in relation to posts made on social media has been told the case has been dropped.
Northamptonshire Police confirmed they will not be taking further action against Anthony Stevens, who sits on Wellingborough Town Council.
Mr. Stevens was arrested on suspicion of distributing written material intended to incite racial hatred.
He said in a statement that he had been “vindicated”.
Mr Stevens was elected as the Conservative member for Croyland ward on Wellingborough Town Council in 2021.
Northamptonshire Police said they received reports on August 2 about posts made on social media and they were being investigated as a possible hate crime.
They arrested Mr Stevens at his home on August 8 “on suspicion of distributing written material intended to incite racial hatred”.
He was released on bail pending further investigation.
Northamptonshire Police have since confirmed that they “made a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who reviewed the incident and determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed”.
A spokesman said: “The decision by CPS to take no further action has been communicated to all relevant parties and Northamptonshire Police consider this to be the end of the matter.”
‘Abuse of police power’
In a statement released by the Christian Legal Center, Mr Stevens said: “I have been exonerated and I am relieved that no further action will be taken, but look I had to going through what?
“My reputation, my business, my health and even my relationships have been severely affected by the police’s abuse of power.
“There will always be a note in my police file saying I was investigated for a hate crime – that’s wrong.”
The Christian Legal Center said the social media posts for which Mr Stevens was investigated were related to the arrest of a Christian preacher and the case of a black councilor’s suspension. author and later reinstated by the Conservative Party for posting an article that “Pride is not a virtue but a sin.”