Bath & North East Somerset Council statement following conviction of Cllr Donal Hassett at Bristol Crown Court:
“For legal reasons Bath & North East Somerset Council cannot comment on Donal Hassett’s future as a councillor until post sentencing. The Council takes this matter extremely seriously. We expect the highest standards from all our members and Cllr Hassett’s behaviour falls far short of this. As soon as Cllr Hassett was charged he was suspended from the Conservative Group. He is no longer a member of the party”.