By Amie Gordon For Mailonline
Published: 15:11 GMT, 6 December 2018 | Updated: 16:50 GMT, 6 December 2018
Mohammad Maroof distributed the photo to a Mums United WhatsApp group
A Labour councillor has been suspended after he accidentally sent a photo of a topless woman to a group of mothers during a meeting on knife crime.
Married father-of-two Mohammad Maroof distributed the photo to a Mums United WhatsApp group as its founder Sahira Irshad was presenting a petition to the full council meeting on knife crime.
The 50-year-old said he was trying to attach a video of Ms Irshad speaking and has now been banned from attending council meetings pending an investigation.
Cllr Maroof says the image was set to him earlier in the day on a different Whatsapp message and was automatically downloaded into his phone's photo file.
Mr Maroof, who also works as a taxi driver, instead 'accidentally' attached the explicit image and asked for it to be deleted 'within seconds' of sending it.
He has since apologised for what he described as an 'honest mistake'.
The Mums United group, from left, Alice Watts, Sahira Irshad, Julie Higginson and Nighat Basharat
Mr Maroof apologised for the 'honest mistake'
He said: 'I sincerely apologise. I had no intention to do such a thing and to