Former Welwyn Hatfield councillor Stan Tunstall cleared in court

PUBLISHED: 11:28 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 November 2016

Former councillor Stan Tunstall

Former councillor Stan Tunstall

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A former Welwyn Hatfield borough councillor has been cleared by a jury of sexually abusing an under-age girl more than 50 years ago.

A jury announced unanimous not guilty verdicts on Stan Tunstall, 71, of Chilton Green, Welwyn Garden City, at Harrow Crown Court yesterday.

Mr Tunstall left the Conservative group after he was charged last year, but contested the Howlands ward as an independent unsuccessfully in May.

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the allegations were totally unfounded, and he had always been confident a jury would clear him.

For a full report, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, in shops from Wednesday.

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