Council boss ‘held lockdown meetings in hot tub’

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Tom Hollis, a member of the Nottinghamshire Neighbors Council (pictured), called the police and claimed he had been holding meetings in the hot tub during the lockdown.  (Reach)

Tom Hollis, a member of the Nottinghamshire Neighbors Council (pictured), called the police and claimed he had been holding meetings in the hot tub during the lockdown. (Reach)

A council member has been embroiled in a bitter dispute with his neighbors after he was alleged to have been holding council meetings in his hot tub during lockdown, a court heard.

Ashfield County Council Vice Chairman Tom Hollis allegedly harassed Shannon Jones-Golding and partner Luke Golding in May 2020, after they reported to police that Hollis had been playing music and holding meetings while England was two months into the first coronavirus lockdown. .

Ms Jones-Golding alleged that meetings took place from morning to evening, and made what she believed to be anonymous call 101 to see “whether this was permitted”, Nottingham Magistrates Court heard.

She told the trial that she was concerned about the children at Hollis’ next door in Windmill Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield, who had been in close contact with her newborn daughter through the six-foot-high fence.

Tom Hollis allegedly held council meetings in the hot tub of his home in Windmill Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield.  (Reach)

Tom Hollis allegedly held council meetings in the hot tub of his home in Windmill Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield. (Reach)

“I wanted to know what the procedures were and whether Hollis should have done what he was doing,” said Ms Jones-Golding.

But after police told Ms Jones-Golding that Hollis was a key worker and “did nothing wrong”, she claimed Hollis confronted her about calling the police.

Hollis allegedly opened the French doors to his house and pulled his coffee table to the fence and suddenly said to her, “I know you made that anonymous call to the police.

“I heard your voice. I have calls in the police. I know it was you.”

Tom Hollis denies the charges of nonviolent harassment.  (Reach)

Tom Hollis denies the charges of nonviolent harassment. (Reach)

Ms Jones-Golding said she was concerned and “a little scared” because Hollis “was very noisy in his tone of voice”.

She claimed Hollis told her he knew the rules and “set the rules”, was doing nothing wrong, and “I was going to do it for harassing a key worker.”

The attorney general told the trial that the case was a mixture of somewhat offensive and hateful communications via email or a letter from the defendant using his position as deputy chairperson of Ashfield County Council, which they claim amounts to bullying.

Nottingham judges' overview  court.

The trial is being held in Nottingham Magistrates Court. (PA)

Hollis also allegedly falsely told the police that Golding was chasing him with a knife in an attempt to arrest him.

However, another neighbor filmed the alleged stunt and the police did not pursue the “false complaint,” the prosecution said.

Hollis denies two counts of nonviolent harassment and the trial continues.

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