14 September 2007
Highways foreman wins tribunal
An employment tribunal has ruled that a highways foreman from Cramlington was unfairly dismissed, the Journal reports.
Nigel Riley was dismissed by Northumberland County Council after allegedly moonlighting at the home of the council's former leader Bill Brooks.
It was discovered that he had delivered sand to help a colleague build a new driveway for Mr Brooks and his wife.
Following complaints from a member of the public that a council vehicle was being used for non-council purposes, Mr Riley, along with his colleague Joe Fletcher, was dismissed for gross misconduct.
Following a hearing in June, however, an employment tribunal has ruled that the 47-year-old was unfairly dismissed.
Commenting on the verdict, Mr Riley said: "I was highly delighted with the decision of the tribunal."
According to figures released earlier this month by the Tribunals Service, the number of cases brought to employment tribunals rose by 15 per cent in 2006-07 compared to the previous year.