DOUBTS have been cast over a crime panel member’s fitness to serve by the body representing cops in Essex.

Councillor Tim Young represents Colchester Council on the Police and Crime Panel for Essex, which scrutinises the work of new police commissioner Nick Alston.

The Essex Police Federation said it had concerns about his appointment as Mr Young has a conviction for dangerous driving dating from June 2001, but the councillor said this raised as part of a politically motivated attack.

  •  Read more about the Police Federation concerns and Mr Young's response in Tuesday's Gazette.