DUP Rowallane Councillor William Walker has quit his role as a Councillor for Rowallane following being charged with attempted sexual communication with children.
William Walker was suspended from the DUP following his arrest in February but had continued as a Rowallane area representative on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council despite being suspended from the party.
Walkers resignation emerged on Monday when the Electoral Office confirmed a new councillor had been co-opted to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. He faces two charges of attempted sexual communication with a child.
The DUP confirmed that Yvonne Moore had been selected to represent the party in Rowallane.
Speaking on her appointment Mrs Moore said:
“My passion is helping others. I am honoured to be co-opted onto the Newry Mourne and Down council seat as a DUP councillor.
“I look forward to working with the sitting Councillors in my party, whom I know well and have worked with closely over a number of years, as we serve our constituents throughout our council area.”
DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said: “I wish Yvonne well in this new role. She joins a strong and growing DUP team in Newry, Mourne and Down council.
“I know Yvonne has a strong track record in helping people of the area and has been already working hard in representing their needs.
“Her passion for people is incredible and she will be a tireless worker.”