Disgraced former Tory Brian Coleman is locked in a feud with Barnet Council over claims he threw his council-issued laptop away.

The Independent councillor will be reprimanded by the disciplinary committee at next week’s full council meeting after they found he had breached members rules by refusing to return the computer.

Cllr Coleman told officers he had disposed of the laptop in the summer of 2012 and that an IT engineer was aware of the disposal, a claim which has been denied by the staff member in question.

He also said he believed he was the rightful owner of the laptop - but the panel concluded it was not his property to dispose of.

In a report on the council's website, the panel added that rules dictate any loss of IT equipment should be reported to the authority.

Coleman, who was permanently expelled from the Conservative party following his conviction for assaulting cafe owner Helen Michael, is due to stand as an independent candidate for Totteridge in the May elections.

He will have 14 days to appeal the decision.

The Times Series has contacted Brian Coleman for a comment.