‘Bul­lied’ worker put knife to his throat

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - BELINDA RYAN

ACHESHIRE East worker who had al­legedly suf­fered four years of bul­ly­ing at the hands of bosses snapped and put a knife to his own throat in his of­fice in front of col­leagues.

The man, who po­lice say did not suf­fer in­juries, was taken to hos­pi­tal.

The in­ci­dent took place at a coun­cil of­fice in May of this year.

In an anony­mous letter to the Ex­press, a source said: “On May 12 after ap­prox­i­mately four years of bul­ly­ing, not only by his im­me­di­ate su­per­vi­sor but also by the head of that par­tic­u­lar depart­ment, a mem­ber of staff, while in the of­fice and in front of his col­leagues, sliced his own throat shout­ing ‘is this what you want [name of im­me­di­ate su­per­vi­sor]?”

“The chap in ques­tion is a solid, de­pend­able worker and to say that this was out of char­ac­ter would be an un­der­state­ment.

“To be driven to self- harm in this way high­lights the se­ri­ous­ness of the bul­ly­ing cul­ture within Cheshire East Coun­cil.”

Cheshire Po­lice has con­firmed of­fi­cers did at­tend the in­ci­dent in May.

A Cheshire Po­lice spokesman said: “On May 12 shortly be­fore 2.20pm po­lice were no­ti­fied of the con­cern for safety of a man. Of­fi­cers at­tended the scene, but the man had left the ad­dress.

“Fol­low­ing a num­ber of lines of en­quiry, the man was lo­cated safe and well and he was taken to hos­pi­tal to be checked over.”

A Cheshire East spokesman said: “We can con­firm that the po­lice were called to as­sist with an in­ci­dent in May. As this re­lates to a staffing mat­ter we are un­able to com­ment fur­ther.”

The anony­mous source con­tacted the press after Cheshire East Coun­cil leader pre­vi­ously ad­dressed ac­cu­sa­tions of bul­ly­ing raised at a meet­ing of the coun­cil’s staffing com­mit­tee by Coun­cil­lor Laura Jeuda.

In a letter to our sis­ter paper, The Crewe Chron­i­cle, Rachel Bai­ley out­lined all that the coun­cil is do­ing to com­bat bul­ly­ing in the au­thor­ity.

She said: “Since be­com­ing Leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary 2016, I have con­sis­tently stressed the im­por­tance I place on our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to our staff.

“Dur­ing the last 12 months, I have con­ducted ‘back to the floor front­line vis­its’ and look to en­gage with ‘our staff’ at all lev­els through­out the work­ing week.”

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