At the EDDC audit and governance meeting last month (26 June), a councillor can be heard on its audio recording, enquiring about the status of the investigation as he understands that Mr Brown went to see the police with his solicitor and was informed that the investigation had concluded.

He adds that several other councillors were also reporting this.

A senior EDDC officer replies that the council believed that the investigation was still live.

But the councillor is insistent that he has heard differently and asks the officer for clarification, appearing to refer to next year’s council elections.

The officer agrees to double check the status of the police investigation.

Here’s the recording – the question comes at about 1:01 – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/webasp/recordings/auditgovernance/ag260614recording.mp3 

Mr Brown resigned as an EDDC conservative councillor last March, following the publication of the Telegraph undercover sting operation, which has him on camera boasting to journalists posing as developers that if he couldn’t get planning consent, nobody could. He added that he wouldn’t do it for peanuts.

East Devon District Council referred the matter to the police.