A Walsall Labour councillor has appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court charged with child sex offences. Cllr Sean Coughlan (pictured above) has represented Willenhall South since 1995 and was the leader of Walsall Council between 2016 and 2018. Last week he was confronted by members of a group calling itself the Northwest Hebephile Hunters.
Coughlan, 65, was arrested the day after his encounter with the self-appointed paedophile hunters. He was charged with attempting to cause a female aged 13 or over to engage in a penetrative sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
You can see the full exchange between Coughlan and the paedophile hunters below. The video is 30 minutes long.
Coughlan was suspended by Labour following the charges and he is understood to have since resigned from both the council and the party.
Five weeks ago a Labour councillor in South Wales was also confronted by a separate group of paedophile hunters.