Protest held at council hit by leader abuse claims

Hannah Martin with blond hair and glasses wearing a pink top and standing in front of a brick wall
Hannah Martin suffered physical and mental abuse from a partner, who was later jailed [BBC/Laura Coffey]

A protest has taken place over the way a council dealt with allegations against its leader.

Domestic abuse survivor Hannah Martin organised a march to protest about West Northamptonshire Council's handling of claims against Jonathan Nunn.

Mr Nunn strenuously denies the allegations against him.

The council said it was "fully committed to working with and supporting all our partners on tackling domestic abuse".

Protesters in Northampton
Hannah Martin organised the march to protest about West Northamptonshire Council's handling of claims against Jonathan Nunn [BBC]

Mr Nunn stepped down from the role of council leader after a BBC report which claimed that he kicked, punched, spat at and throttled women - allegations which he strenuously denies.

He insists he has been subjected to a campaign of harassment.

He left the Conservative group on the council, but he still sits on the council as an independent.

Ms Martin suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of a man.

Ms Martin said: "He was sent to prison for coercive and controlling behaviour so I do feel like I've got justice."

She added: "I think the most honourable thing for Nunn to do would be to completely resign."

Jonathan Nunn with very short light-coloured hair wearing a brown jacket and standing in front of a brick wall
Jonathan Nunn is still sitting as a councillor and denies the allegations against him [BBC]

Ms Martin said council members and workers needed "proper training on domestic abuse".

She organised a march to coincide with a council meeting on Thursday.

Hannah Martin with long hair wearing a green shirt and sitting in a room
Ms Martin suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of a man [BBC]

West Northamptonshire Council said: "We are fully committed to working with and supporting all our partners on tackling domestic abuse and addressing the impact it has on the victims and our wider community.

"Violence of any kind is totally unacceptable and we always urge anyone who has experienced this to seek support from one of our domestic abuse or sexual violence support organisations and report it the police.

“Our leader and chief executive will also be meeting representatives from local domestic abuse and sexual violence organisations later this month to listen to and talk through the issues they have recently raised and to reaffirm the strong and united stance we take against domestic abuse and sexual violence in West Northants."

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