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Bassendean removes Harris portrait
Bassendean removes Harris portrait

The Town of Bassendean has removed the portrait of Rolf Harris from its council chambers.

Mayor John Gangell said the framed photograph was taken down yesterday following complaints from ratepayers.

The entertainer, known as "The 'Boy from Bassendean", grew up in the town and is its most famous export.

He became Bassendean's first Freeman in 1979 - an honour which will be reviewed pending the outcome of Harris' indecent assault trial being held in London.

"The council has been questioned by residents in the town if it is appropriate for us to hang his portrait in council chamber given the types of allegations made against him," Mr Gangell said.

"The council took the view that at this time, it is not appropriate."

The star is accused of indecently assaulting four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.

He strongly denies the claim and currently giving evidence in his defence.

Mr Gangell said the portrait would be reinstated if Harris was acquitted of the charges.

The West Australian

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