Council investigates security breach after 'corrupt' banner draped on Bolton Town Hall

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The "Bolton MBC Labour Are Corrupt" banner draped on Bolton Town Hall

First published in News

COUNCIL bosses are investigating a security breach after a protester climbed on to the roof of Bolton Town Hall.

A bedsheet, emblazoned with the words “Bolton MBC Labour Are Corrupt”.

Painted in red and black, was draped over the balcony of the grade-II listed building on Friday, by the flagpole.

It was in place for an hour in the afternoon before security guards took it down, during which time it was mostly unreadable because it was folded over itself.

A council worker said that high-level management had been reviewing CCTV footage from Friday to identify the culprit.

The roof is inaccessible to the public and can only be reached by a locked door.

Building work is being carried out on the third floor of the town hall and is closed to the public.

It is understood that when security staff reviewed the CCTV footage, they spotted an unknown man carrying a backpack on to the roof after he had snuck in with construction workers.

Bolton Council is spending up to £3.5 million refurbishing the town hall.

It will involve creating large open plan offices, doubling the number of staff able to work in the building.

Once complete, the council says it will be able to save £1 million by disposing of other buildings.

A council spokesman said the banner had been taken down and officials were investigating the incident.

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8:25pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Corrupt is what they are... the statement is the truth, and in a democratic society this right to protest is also valid, on a PUBLIC OWNED building.
Corrupt is what they are... the statement is the truth, and in a democratic society this right to protest is also valid, on a PUBLIC OWNED building. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 83

8:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

steveG says...

The banner does, certainly, echo the thoughts of many Boltonians.
The banner does, certainly, echo the thoughts of many Boltonians. steveG
  • Score: 73

8:33pm Mon 28 Jul 14

andy5747 says...

Good point. Well put.
Good point. Well put. andy5747
  • Score: 51

8:38pm Mon 28 Jul 14

SupeRed09 says...

Funny how they are quick to investigate a 'security breach' but not bother with the corruption!
Funny how they are quick to investigate a 'security breach' but not bother with the corruption! SupeRed09
  • Score: 74

8:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt.
Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 44

9:19pm Mon 28 Jul 14

piszoff says...

Don't know about corrupt, but some one with a bit of clout should take a look at how the manage the Council tax collection. It's an old out of date system. Should be sorted out or out sourced to another company.
Don't know about corrupt, but some one with a bit of clout should take a look at how the manage the Council tax collection. It's an old out of date system. Should be sorted out or out sourced to another company. piszoff
  • Score: 8

9:32pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Bolton23 says...

Love how they're not denying that they're corrupt, simply just acknowledging the breach and that they've removed it. Says it all.
Love how they're not denying that they're corrupt, simply just acknowledging the breach and that they've removed it. Says it all. Bolton23
  • Score: 35

9:36pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Percy Thrower says...

While the banner says what we already think and know, the real issue here is that security is very poor and anybody can follow workmen into parts of council buildings.
While the banner says what we already think and know, the real issue here is that security is very poor and anybody can follow workmen into parts of council buildings. Percy Thrower
  • Score: 17

9:40pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Bazzerd says...

£3.5 million??.. who authorised that ?...theres a lot of potholes (especially on chorley old road) could be sorted with that kinda money.
doubling the amount of staff???..thought they were supposed to be making 'cuts'
corrupt seems to be appropriate
bazzA
£3.5 million??.. who authorised that ?...theres a lot of potholes (especially on chorley old road) could be sorted with that kinda money. doubling the amount of staff???..thought they were supposed to be making 'cuts' corrupt seems to be appropriate bazzA Bazzerd
  • Score: 31

10:16pm Mon 28 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

Spending 3.5 mil. to save 1 mil. that seems kind of corrupt to me and stupid. Let's hope the sheet has hit the fan and some real investigations take place.
Spending 3.5 mil. to save 1 mil. that seems kind of corrupt to me and stupid. Let's hope the sheet has hit the fan and some real investigations take place. boltonnut
  • Score: 27

10:25pm Mon 28 Jul 14

nigella farrage says...

£3.5million is actually quite cheap to refurbish the town hall which will bring in the departments that are currently based in rented buildings, thus actually helping the town to save money in the medium to long term. How much does Bolton MC currently spend on renting buildings for its various departments? I bet it is more than £3.5 million!
£3.5million is actually quite cheap to refurbish the town hall which will bring in the departments that are currently based in rented buildings, thus actually helping the town to save money in the medium to long term. How much does Bolton MC currently spend on renting buildings for its various departments? I bet it is more than £3.5 million! nigella farrage
  • Score: -58

10:27pm Mon 28 Jul 14

nigella farrage says...

Saying that, I went past the Little Bolton Town Hall, the other day, and thought why couldn't some of the council departments be based in there - then I suddenly realised that Bolton MBC sold off that part of its evolutionary history - what a shame!!!! I remember that being a great museum about Bolton and the Civil War!
Saying that, I went past the Little Bolton Town Hall, the other day, and thought why couldn't some of the council departments be based in there - then I suddenly realised that Bolton MBC sold off that part of its evolutionary history - what a shame!!!! I remember that being a great museum about Bolton and the Civil War! nigella farrage
  • Score: -28

10:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

It won't be long before there's a minaret on top of it never mind a banner he-he
It won't be long before there's a minaret on top of it never mind a banner he-he PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 23

10:52pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Hollieanne says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt.
Err, I think you will find that the people of Bromley Cross, white, rich or otherwise do not have Labour councillors!
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt.[/p][/quote]Err, I think you will find that the people of Bromley Cross, white, rich or otherwise do not have Labour councillors! Hollieanne
  • Score: 23

12:26am Tue 29 Jul 14

Wolfie190 says...

Our turn a blind eye police may be awhile with this one they have 300,000 suspects to sift through.
Our turn a blind eye police may be awhile with this one they have 300,000 suspects to sift through. Wolfie190
  • Score: 24

2:18am Tue 29 Jul 14

great ideas! says...

PERCYPILCHARD wrote:
It won't be long before there's a minaret on top of it never mind a banner he-he
Seems like a good idea planning wouldn't be a problem!
[quote][p][bold]PERCYPILCHARD[/bold] wrote: It won't be long before there's a minaret on top of it never mind a banner he-he[/p][/quote]Seems like a good idea planning wouldn't be a problem! great ideas!
  • Score: 17

5:21am Tue 29 Jul 14

By George says...

To take such drastic action to get ones point over has to be taken seriously, I don,t think we need to catch the protester , but we need an investigation into how this council is being led.
The Councillors will read this story and will carry on regardless, just like any dictatorship they do not care about the people, postal voting or should I say vote rigging will keep these left wing loonies in power.
To take such drastic action to get ones point over has to be taken seriously, I don,t think we need to catch the protester , but we need an investigation into how this council is being led. The Councillors will read this story and will carry on regardless, just like any dictatorship they do not care about the people, postal voting or should I say vote rigging will keep these left wing loonies in power. By George
  • Score: 19

7:22am Tue 29 Jul 14

NHLUFC says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Corrupt is what they are... the statement is the truth, and in a democratic society this right to protest is also valid, on a PUBLIC OWNED building.
Yes it's a "public owned" building but access has to be controlled. Aside from data protection and regardless of specific issues there have been several incidences over the years where aggrieved or mentally ill citizens have attacked or even killed politicians and public officials over real or imagined grievances. I can't think of any large organisation, public or otherwise that allows unmanaged access to its head office.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Corrupt is what they are... the statement is the truth, and in a democratic society this right to protest is also valid, on a PUBLIC OWNED building.[/p][/quote]Yes it's a "public owned" building but access has to be controlled. Aside from data protection and regardless of specific issues there have been several incidences over the years where aggrieved or mentally ill citizens have attacked or even killed politicians and public officials over real or imagined grievances. I can't think of any large organisation, public or otherwise that allows unmanaged access to its head office. NHLUFC
  • Score: 5

8:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

bwfc0210 says...

Bazzerd wrote:
£3.5 million??.. who authorised that ?...theres a lot of potholes (especially on chorley old road) could be sorted with that kinda money.
doubling the amount of staff???..thought they were supposed to be making 'cuts'
corrupt seems to be appropriate
bazzA
They aren't recruiting double the staff, only putting double the workers that were there before. Numbers have reduced drastically and still going.
[quote][p][bold]Bazzerd[/bold] wrote: £3.5 million??.. who authorised that ?...theres a lot of potholes (especially on chorley old road) could be sorted with that kinda money. doubling the amount of staff???..thought they were supposed to be making 'cuts' corrupt seems to be appropriate bazzA[/p][/quote]They aren't recruiting double the staff, only putting double the workers that were there before. Numbers have reduced drastically and still going. bwfc0210
  • Score: 2

8:41am Tue 29 Jul 14

Londonlancs says...

Brilliant !it takes measures like these to get any kind of voice heard or publicity to what people know and are thinking of people in power ,the people that where put there by the people,for the people,and if those people are doing a misservice or are corrupt then attention needs to be put on them,by all or any means possible !to say we have a voice is a massive fabrication of the truth.Hats off to who ever put the banner up,and if a minority(probably the corrupt politicians in question) want to complain about lack of security then try keeping people on or employ more people rather than slashing and reducing staff.Labour used to stand for the workers ,was born out of the workers,and is now nothing more than a blue tinted,shadow of what it once stood for.
Brilliant !it takes measures like these to get any kind of voice heard or publicity to what people know and are thinking of people in power ,the people that where put there by the people,for the people,and if those people are doing a misservice or are corrupt then attention needs to be put on them,by all or any means possible !to say we have a voice is a massive fabrication of the truth.Hats off to who ever put the banner up,and if a minority(probably the corrupt politicians in question) want to complain about lack of security then try keeping people on or employ more people rather than slashing and reducing staff.Labour used to stand for the workers ,was born out of the workers,and is now nothing more than a blue tinted,shadow of what it once stood for. Londonlancs
  • Score: 10

11:19am Tue 29 Jul 14

IvanCamposHair says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt.
Shows how little you actually know.

Very rich people from Turton and Bromley Cross vote Labour? Are you serious? White working class areas like Brieghtmet, Tonge all have Labour Councillors while Bromley Cross, Turton have Conservative councillors.

At least get your facts right before commenting.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt.[/p][/quote]Shows how little you actually know. Very rich people from Turton and Bromley Cross vote Labour? Are you serious? White working class areas like Brieghtmet, Tonge all have Labour Councillors while Bromley Cross, Turton have Conservative councillors. At least get your facts right before commenting. IvanCamposHair
  • Score: 5

11:21am Tue 29 Jul 14

IvanCamposHair says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt.
At least get your facts right before you comment. Bromley Cross do not vote Labour, they vote Conservative and white working class areas like Tonge and Breightmet vote Labour.

You might think you are a spokesman for the people but actually you have proved you know absolutely nothing about Bolton.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: Bolton council is corrupt labour is corrupt cliff is corrupt nick is corrupt. Labour loves immigration, immigrants love labour. Corruption is rife. Check out Stockport council. Their council refused retrospective planning permission that Bolton would accept. They refused a mosque extension that Bolton would have accepted. Asians and rich white people from Turton and Bromley Cross areas vote for labour. Labour is corrupt.[/p][/quote]At least get your facts right before you comment. Bromley Cross do not vote Labour, they vote Conservative and white working class areas like Tonge and Breightmet vote Labour. You might think you are a spokesman for the people but actually you have proved you know absolutely nothing about Bolton. IvanCamposHair
  • Score: 4

12:11pm Tue 29 Jul 14

keggard says...

Well done to who every put that up there they are all corrupt just appease the Asian community in exchange for votes
Well done to who every put that up there they are all corrupt just appease the Asian community in exchange for votes keggard
  • Score: 7

2:23pm Tue 29 Jul 14

RogerDT says...

keggard wrote:
Well done to who every put that up there they are all corrupt just appease the Asian community in exchange for votes
haha wondered when they'd get a mention ...
[quote][p][bold]keggard[/bold] wrote: Well done to who every put that up there they are all corrupt just appease the Asian community in exchange for votes[/p][/quote]haha wondered when they'd get a mention ... RogerDT
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Valiant One says...

It is about time the Bolton News and police etc took action against the racism displayed in these blogs. It seems to be a free for all to express dangerous misinformed racist utterings. Please there is enough trouble in the world without these stirrings. Let our children live in a proud and peaceful Britain where tolerance is accepted
It is about time the Bolton News and police etc took action against the racism displayed in these blogs. It seems to be a free for all to express dangerous misinformed racist utterings. Please there is enough trouble in the world without these stirrings. Let our children live in a proud and peaceful Britain where tolerance is accepted Valiant One
  • Score: -4

5:50pm Tue 29 Jul 14

mickbolton90 says...

Has anyone else noticed the "freedom if speech" human right, pc correctness bum bregrade only exists when you agree with them because they of course are correct. And do not respect the views and opinions of others. And before the pc bum chums reply there us nothing racist or UN educated about this comment or person
Has anyone else noticed the "freedom if speech" human right, pc correctness bum bregrade only exists when you agree with them because they of course are correct. And do not respect the views and opinions of others. And before the pc bum chums reply there us nothing racist or UN educated about this comment or person mickbolton90
  • Score: 3

1:15pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

PERCYPILCHARD wrote:
It won't be long before there's a minaret on top of it never mind a banner he-he
We do need a mosque in the town centre so yes it's a good idea. Minarat and a dome. I pray this happens. Amen!
[quote][p][bold]PERCYPILCHARD[/bold] wrote: It won't be long before there's a minaret on top of it never mind a banner he-he[/p][/quote]We do need a mosque in the town centre so yes it's a good idea. Minarat and a dome. I pray this happens. Amen! pradagucci
  • Score: -4

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