Here is a little story from the Thanet political scene in the mid nineties. It was 1995 and the labour party had taken full control of the Margate Charter Trustees for the first time, the new Mayor had been installed and we as charter trustees decided to have a root and branch audit of what we were responsible for. The insurance on the town silver and the Mayors gold chain needed to be upped, so a complete audit was done. A report soon came back and informed members that 2 small silver cups were missing, straight away the assumption was that some toe rag of a tory councillor in a previous administration had nicked it. Why the full investigation and enquiries were taking place the collection had been sent to B.N Carthew for repairs, cleaning and valuation.
Then came a telephone call from B.N Carthew they had taken the lid off one of the large silver cups and found 2 small cups inside.
The moral of the story is never accuse a councillor of any party of anything unless you have absolute proof.