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Ex-council chief cleared of abuse
Colin Inglis
Mr Inglis was a social worker at the time of the alleged offences
A former city council leader and police authority chairman has been cleared of a series of child abuse charges.

A jury found Colin Inglis, 49, from Hull, not guilty of five charges of indecent assault against a teenage boy at a Hull children's home 20 years ago.

Mr Inglis, the former leader of Hull City Council and chairman of Humberside Police Authority, was cleared of a sixth charge on Friday.

The jury returned majority verdicts on each of the five remaining counts.

A few days into his trial the jury was instructed by the judge to acquit him of another eight similar charges.

'Pack of lies'

The offences were alleged to have taken place in 1982 and 1983 at a children's home and elsewhere when Mr Inglis, of Wellington Street West, was a social worker, Leeds Crown Court heard.

The prosecution claimed he had performed sex acts on the boy.

His defence counsel claimed all the allegations were a pack of lies fuelled by hatred.

Mr Inglis elected not to give evidence during the two-week trial but his barrister described the boy, who is now married and cannot be named for legal reasons, as a liar who had a "propensity" to make false allegations.

Outside court, Mr Inglis's solicitor, Alistair Hewitt, read out a statement on his client's behalf.

This will put an end to the matter once and for all and enable all those involved to move on with their lives
Humberside Police Authority statement
It said: "I've always believed strongly in the presumption of innocence, the right to silence and the right to trial by jury.

"Despite attempts by many politicians of both main parties over the past dozen years to water down these principles, this trial has reinforced these beliefs."

Humberside Police Authority said in a statement: "These allegations have been the subject of a crown court trial and having heard the evidence Councillor Inglis has been acquitted of all charges against him.

"This will put an end to the matter once and for all and enable all those involved to move on with their lives.

"Everyone is well aware of the contribution that Councillor Inglis made to improving policing and the work of the Humberside Police Authority. We are glad to see that his name has been cleared and wish him well in the future."

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