Council Spends £2,000 Attempting To Find Out If A Councillor Called Someone A 'Dickhead'

Just admit it, mate

Wigan Borough Council has been forced to defend its decision to spend over £2,000 trying work out if a councilor used the word "dickhead" in an argument.

The Metro reports the decision came after councillor Robert Brierley, pictured left, was said to have used the epithet towards his co-worker Stephen Murphy, the alleged dickhead. Wigan council spent £2,160 for 20 hours of an audio expert's time to resolve the issue.

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Brendan Whitworth, assistant director for the council's legal department, said: "To determine if Cllr Brierley swore, he having denied doing so, and thus to allow proper consideration of whether there was a breach of the code of conduct we decided to consult an audio expert."

At a code of conduct meeting, the audio expert told the council that he had heard Robert Brierley remark: "Oh, I forgot it's you Mr Murphy, you dickhead".

Money well spent, we say.

Or maybe not, considering the entire investigation cost close to £9,000, which council chiefs put down to Robert Brierley's refusal to apologise.

Needless to say, he might be hearing the word "dickhead" a lot more from now on.