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24 September 2016, 07:31
Police say the Mayor of Dover, Neil Rix, won't face charges over footage posted on-line of him apparently snorting a substance inside a toilet cubicle.
Officers have confirmed that following an extensive investigation they don't believe any offences were committed.
The clip showed Mr Rix telling a man to close a toilet cubicle door behind him, adding: "Don't let anyone come... shut that door.''
In the 67-second footage posted on YouTube, Cllr Rix - who was made mayor of Dover in May - continued: "Don't want anyone seeing councillor Rix doing this.''
The footage led Mr Rix to refer himself to the district council's monitoring officer for a possible breach of the code of conduct.
Mr Rix has always denied knowing what type of substance he snorted or where it was filmed.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers have carried out extensive inquiries into the circumstances of the footage and the investigation has now concluded with no offences being confirmed.
"A man has been advised there will be no further police action in the matter.''
Mr Rix spoke of his relief that police have ruled out taking the matter further.
He insisted that he had been the victim of a blackmail plot when the incident was filmed around six years ago.
He said: "At the end of the day, I was being blackmailed over it and it was a long, long time ago. It was before I was mayor or deputy mayor or anything else.
"Just a few seconds of madness after being coerced into something ... I'm glad it's over. It's a weight off my shoulders, to be honest.''
Mr Rix said he intended to give a statement to police about the alleged blackmail. And he added that he now wanted to concentrate on his mayoral duties.
He said: "I have got a lot going on, I'm a very busy mayor. I have had a lot of support from everyone around me and everyone who knows me.''