Mayor of Dover filmed snorting line of white powder off a lavatory cistern

first_imgPointing to a white powder on the cistern, Mr Rix, says: “You see what’s there?”His companion says: “Yeah, go on, you do the big one then, go on.””Are you sure?” replies Mr Rix.”Yeah, go on,” his companion says.Mr Rix then leans over the toilet cistern and appears to snort the powder.The mayor said: “I had never done this before in my life. I had been set up right from the start. This was from before I was mayor, and even deputy mayor. I hadn’t long been a councillor.”I know I shouldn’t have done it – I was drunk, and that was it. I can only apologise to my friends and family for putting them through it.”It is currently unclear where the video was shot.A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Kent Police is aware of media coverage of a video circulating online reportedly relating to drug use. Officers will be making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the footage.”The spokesman said the force “would not be able to confirm or deny” whether it was investigating a complaint of blackmail.In a statement, Dover Town Council said: “We are taking this matter very seriously and have asked the Kent Association of Local Councils for advice.”The Mayor has agreed to self-refer to the district council’s Monitoring Officer for a possible breach of the Code of Conduct. There may be a criminal investigation, but this is a matter for the police.” He admitted it was him in the footage but insisted it was not a resigning issue.Asked whether he would be quitting, he said: “No, I’m not at all. I’m not standing down.”Gordon Cowan, the Labour member who was narrowly defeated by Mr Rix in the election for mayor, said: “He has to ask himself can he continue in the role as mayor and councillor, but it is down to Cllr Rix to decide.”The big question is do the people of Dover want someone representing them under these circumstances? He should take a serious look at his position.”The married father-of-three said he had been told the name of the man who had filmed and released the footage.Mr Rix, who runs a scaffolding and demolition firm, has been an elected member of Dover town council for nine years. He is an independent town councillor, though he stood as a Ukip candidate in the district council elections last year without success.He was elected mayor in April this year by a casting vote.At the time, he claimed: “I want to bring Dover on a bit and try and make everyone work together and make Dover a better place – that’s the idea of it all.” Dover mayor Neil Rix with the mayoress Jackie Rix The mayor of Dover has insisted he will not be resigning after he was filmed in a bathroom snorting a line of white powder off a lavatory cistern.Footage emerged of Neil Rix, the mayor of the Kent coastal town, sniffing the powder through a £20 note while accompanied by a friend.Mr Rix, 54, claims he is the victim of a blackmail plot and that police are investigating.Speaking after the footage was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday night, he said: “The video forms part of a police investigation into the fact I am being blackmailed.”It did not happen recently. I was set up, pushed into it and coerced.”Someone had put drugs into my beer and I did not know I was being filmed.”He said he was not a drug user, insisting he was “dead against” drug taking, and he was not sure what type of substance he snorted or where it was filmed.He said: “I have never done it before. I was drunk. What happened happened. I don’t know what it was I was putting up my nose. It could have been sherbet for all I know.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. neil rix Mr Rix is filmed rolling up a £20 noteCredit:YouTube Rix rolling banknote The mayor pictured before snorting the substanceCredit:YouTube Dover mayor Neil Rix with the mayoress Jackie RixCredit:Dover Express/ The video, which lasts for one minute and seven seconds, was shot before Mr Rix was appointed mayor.It shows him urging another man in the toilet to close the cubicle door before removing a package from his pocket.He says: “Shut that door…don’t want anyone to see Councillor Rix doing this.”His friend replies: “Nah, —- that.”last_img

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