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TS trial statement

In response to the collapse of Vance Miller's trading standards trial, Oldham Council has issued the following statement:

Charlie Parker, Oldham Council's chief executive, said: ‘We worked with a significant number of other local authorities from across the country to bring this case to court.

‘We are disappointed by the judge's decision, but this was an extremely complex and ground-breaking case which was always going to be challenging.

‘We have decided not to appeal and are now establishing a thorough and independent review.

‘This will be led by Mr Stewart Dobson, a lawyer and former acting chief executive of Birmingham City Council.

‘I can also confirm that a senior member of staff has been suspended - without prejudice - pending the outcome of Mr Dobson's findings.

'Until the review is complete it would be wholly inappropriate for Oldham Council to make any further comment on this matter.'