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Former DUP mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Thomas Hogg charged with drink driving

Thomas Hogg

A FORMER Co Antrim mayor has been charged with drink-driving.

DUP Antrim and Newtownabbey councillor Thomas Hogg was stopped by police on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast on April 29.

The 30-year-old Orangeman is due to appear at Laganside Magistrates' Court on 25 May, accused of driving a vehicle with excess alcohol.

He was elected as a DUP councillor in 2011 and served as Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey for two consecutive years from 2014.

Mr Hogg was made an MBE in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to local government.

The DUP confirmed it is aware of the alleged offence.

"Mr Hogg has notified the party about this matter and it will be considered by the party officers," a spokesman said.

Last year, one of his DUP colleagues on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Trevor Beatty, resigned after he was convicted of drink-driving.

Meanwhile Alliance's Newry, Mourne and Down District councillor Patrick Brown's six-month suspension from public office after being convicted of a drink driving offence at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court, begins today.

It was handed down by the Local Government Commissioner, who he referred himself to.

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