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Ex-DUP mayor Thomas Hogg charged with child sex offences

Former DUP mayor Thomas Hogg has been charged with sexual offences involving a child

A former DUP mayor has been charged with sexual offences involving a child.

Thomas Hogg (31) was arrested after a dance music festival in the grounds of V36 park in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim last Saturday.

He has been charged with sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause or incite children between 13 and 16 to engage in sexual activity.

Mr Hogg is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on October 28.

A DUP spokesman said it suspended his membership after he was charged yesterday morning.

He later resigned from the party.

Mr Hogg is a former mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, which owns V36 park.

He also served as a councillor for several years.

A spokeswoman said he had "resigned from the council with immediate effect".

Mr Hogg served as mayor of Newtownabbey from 2014-15.

He was awarded an MBE in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to local government.

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