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Zoom meeting ruined by Mike Coxlong, Ben Dover and porn


Everyone had to be put on mute to bring some order to the committee meeting

What was supposed to be a meeting about Yeovil’s plans to build another 800 homes turned into a farce after being hijacked by people with daft names and porn playing in the background.

South Somerset District Council wanted to talk about getting the infrastructure ready for the new houses and so held a Zoom call that was open to members of the public. Among them were Ben Dover and Mike Coxlong.

At one point everyone was put on mute because porn could be heard playing in the background. The climax of the meeting – a section about plans for one of Yeovil’s roundabouts – was interrupted when someone shared a picture of two men kissing.

Meanwhile another member of the public posed as Councillor David Gubbins, member for Yeovil Westlands, and he had to be kicked out by Councillor Peter Seib. Peter, who chairs the committee, threatened to exclude the public from the meeting and call the police if it continued.

The councillors wanted to talk about plans for 800 new homes in Yeovil (Picture: BPM)

By the end he said he was optimistic that more council meetings would take place over Zoom.

He said: ‘When you see how many hecklers we’ve had – I’d call them something else, but hecklers for now – it’s clear word has got around about this debate.

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‘If we can get this right and perfect, I think this is the way forward with meetings. It gives the public more opportunity to hear the debate.’

Mr Seib added: ‘There are currently 47 people in this meeting. That’s a pretty good attendance for area south.’

Someone posted an image of two men kissing in the meeting (Picture: BPM)

Councillor Dave Recardo, the committee’s vice-chairman, requested that one of the council’s IT specialists be on hand at all future meetings to prevent further trolling.

Mr Recardo said: ‘Today’s interferences from the public have been unwelcome and I don’t want to see it again.’

The council’s area west committee will meet using the same technology on April 15 at 5:30pm.

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