Kent Youth Crime Commissioner suspended after reports of relationship with married ex-councillor

Kent Youth Crime Commissioner suspended after reports of relationship with married ex-councillor

Ann Barnes during Chanel Four's Meet the Commissioner.

Youth Crime Commissioner, Kerry Boyd.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

Kent's Youth Crime Commissioner may be forced to step down from her position amid rumours about a 'close relationship' with a married 50-year-old former Tory councillor.

Kerry Boyd, aged 20, "is not undertaking any public engagements for the time being" following allegations of a relationship with father-of-two, Robert Burgess.

News Shopper:

Mr Burgess told the Sun newspaper that he had been "very close" with Miss Boyd for "a good few months".

He added: "If she lost her job because of a friendship with me, that would be a shame. I am devastated.

"I care for her a lot."

The young hot-shot took over the position in April of last year - replacing Paris Brown who was forced to step down after she posted racist and homophobic messages on Twitter.

This latest scandal comes just a week after members of the public called for Miss Boyd's boss - Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes - to resign in the aftermath of Chanel Four show 'Meet the Commissioner'.

News Shopper:

The programme saw Mrs Barnes unable to describe her role as she traveled around the county in her tour bus dubbed 'Ann Force One' and left her batting off comments from critics branding her a 'female David Brent' and 'a joke.'

Mrs Barnes said in a statement: "We are supporting Kerry at this difficult time for her. We are concerned that Kerry did not feel able to disclose the full extent of her personal circumstances earlier but as enquiries are taking place it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

"As part of our support for Kerry she is not undertaking any public engagements for the time being."

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8:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Simon bald says...

20? is that age or stone?
20? is that age or stone? Simon bald
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9:13am Thu 5 Jun 14

Outandabout says...

"News Shopper: Ann Barnes during Chanel Four's Meet the Commissioner." is that a new perfume?
"News Shopper: Ann Barnes during Chanel Four's Meet the Commissioner." is that a new perfume? Outandabout
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