Coun­cil­lor sus­pended af­ter send­ing to­p­less pho­to­graph

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Josh Hal­l­i­day North of Eng­land cor­re­spon­dent

A coun­cil­lor who ac­ci­den­tally sent a pic­ture of a to­p­less woman to a group of cam­paign­ers dur­ing a meet­ing has been sus­pended.

Mo­ham­mad Ma­roof, a Sh­effield city

coun­cil­lor, posted the ex­plicit im­age on a Mums United What­sApp group while its founder, Sahira Ir­shad, pre­sented a pe­ti­tion on knife crime.

Ma­roof said he was “very em­bar­rassed” and apol­o­gised for what he de­scribed as an “hon­est mis­take”. He said he had been try­ing to at­tach a video of Ir­shad’s speech.

The Labour party coun­cil­lor has been sus­pended by the coun­cil pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ma­roof, who rep­re­sents the city sub­urbs of Nether Edge and Shar­row, said he had asked for the pic­ture to be deleted “within sec­onds” of send­ing it.

“This is my pri­vate phone and I re­ceive so many things that my What­sApp has been set up to au­to­mat­i­cally save ev­ery­thing in my phone’s photo file,” he said in quotes re­ported by the BBC. “Some­body sent me this photo, it may have come in the morn­ing, and it went into my phone’s file.

“I tried to send the group a video and by mis­take I pressed the wrong photo. As soon as I re­alised, I asked for it to be deleted as I couldn’t delete it my­self. It was only there for a sec­ond.”

A screen­shot of the What­sApp group showed that Ma­roof quickly re­alised his mis­take.

He wrote: “The world is full of stupid [peo­ple] who send stuff on What­sapp which goes di­rectly into pho­tos sec­tions saved. Didn’t re­alise and press [sic] the wrong but­ton be­fore clear­ing it. I am sorry to all who saw it for a sec­ond with blinked eyes.”

▲ Mo­ham­mad Ma­roof said that he had made ‘an hon­est mis­take’

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