November 2019

Wyre Forest Council ex-leader made indecent photos of child

Former Stourport councillor and leader of Wyre Forest District Council has admitted making indecent photographs of a child.

James Shaw, who served as leader of the council for eight years in the 1990s, pleaded guilty to the crime at Worcester Crown Court on September 11 this year.

Shaw, of Heightington Place in Stourport, was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

The offence was committed in Stourport between January and July 2018 – during which time he was serving as Labour ward member for Areley Kings and Riverside on the district council.

Now aged 68, Shaw served the Stourport community since the 1980s, both as a representative for Stourport Town Council and a local school governor. He also worked for the education service at Worcestershire County Council.

He was the second longest serving councillor for Wyre Forest District Council, having served on it for 32 years until his resignation in November last year, citing ill-health.