Newcastle councillor Dipu Ahad stalked woman for months

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Dipu Ahad was a councillor for Elswick in Newcastle for 13 years

A Tyneside councillor stalked a woman over a five-month period.

Dipu Ahad, who represented Newcastle's Elswick ward from 2007 until last year, committed the offence between January and May 2019.

The 40-year-old, of Ilfracombe Avenue, Newcastle, pleaded guilty when he appeared at the city's crown court.

He will be sentenced on 19 April and was granted conditional bail until then.

At a previous hearing, the court was told the woman, who can not be identified, had suffered "serious distress".

After being suspended by the Labour Party when he was charged, he retained his seat on the council as an independent until May last year when he forfeited it after failing to attend a meeting in six months.

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