A Yeovil councillor who was spared jail despite stealing hundreds of pounds from the Royal British Legion is facing calls to resign after it emerged he would not face automatic expulsion.
As previously reported, Peter Brock, 57, cashed numerous cheques from the Yeovil branch of the armed forces' charity during his time as chairman to bail himself out of personal debts.
Brock, of Trellech Court, was sentenced to a 12-month community order on Monday after admitting three counts of theft with a further 20 offences taken into consideration.
However, after Yeovil Town Council confirmed Brock's crimes were "insufficient to result in his automatic disqualification", his behaviour has been criticised by fellow councillors.
Tony Lock, chairman of the council's policy, resources and finance committee, said: "To be a councillor you must be trustworthy and an upstanding member of the community. Councillor Brock has shown he has none of those qualities and as such he should resign immediately."
Simon Woodrow, chairman of the Yeovil and District Royal British Legion, said Brock had "insulted the present day Armed Forces in a most contemptuous and loathsome manner".