A UKIP councillor who shoplifted from Poundstretcher has said he will resign stating the pressure on him was too great.
The resignation of Peter Georgiou, who took Thetford West for UKIP by one vote from Labour, will spark a by-election in Norfolk’s closest-fought division.
It also marks the end of two weeks of speculation surrounding Mr Georgiou’s future after he admitted he was banned from Thetford’s Poundstretcher store in Minstergate for shoplifting last year.
Police dealt with the incident through a “community resolution” in which Mr Georgiou agreed to pay for the goods and was banned from the store.
He put his behaviour down to the result of medication he was taking for depression.
Revealing that he would resign, he told the Eastern Daily Press yesterday that he was shocked by the “mudslinging” against him after his past was made public.
He said: “I am disappointed because we all know there is mudslinging that goes on. I just thought it (the reaction) was a little bit over the top.”