Teething trouble causes bad language
A Brighton man who was issued a warning for abusive language has blamed his lack of teeth for mispronunciation.
Tony Sewell received the notice about intimidating behaviour from Brighton and Hove City Council’s housing department last month.
It stated he was aggressive and used a number of four letter expletives to local authority staff in a housing office.
But Mr Sewell denied the claims and said it was his missing teeth that had got him into trouble, saying: ‘I’ve never been accused of anything like this in my life.’
A council spokesman said: ‘Mr Sewell was abusive to council officers at the housing office. His stance and general behaviour were aggressive.
‘This was witnessed by three officers and a manager, who do not accept this was a case of misinterpretation due to Mr Sewell’s lack of teeth.
‘The council will not tolerate abuse or harassment of staff, and this is a condition of the tenancy agreement.
‘We have a duty of care towards its staff, and therefore Mr Sewell has been excluded from Manor Place Housing Office.
‘He may contact the council by telephone, in writing, using email or via and advocate. This exclusion will be reviewed after 12 months.’