Councillor cautioned over child porn offences

15:27 04 February 2013

A Harrow councillor arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register, it has emerged.

Brian Gate, 58, quit his role as the authority’s cabinet member for children, services and families after he was detained at his home last September, pending the outcome of a police investigation.

The former school governor subsequently accepted a caution for the offence last month and resigned as councillor.

Mr Gate was elected to the Labour-run council in 1997. He was councillor for the Harrow West ward before stepping down.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers attended a residential address in the Harrow area on Monday, September 24 and arrested a man, now 58, on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

“He was cautioned with the above offence and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for two years.”

A Harrow Council spokesman added: “As soon as Harrow Council became aware of the allegation in September, we immediately followed all proper safeguarding procedures and the Labour Party suspended Cllr Brian Gate from his appointed duties.

“Cllr Gate also immediately resigned as portfolio holder and from his governorships.

“Following a police investigation, which he has fully co-operated with, Cllr Gate received a caution. He has since tendered his resignation as a councillor.

“The safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Harrow remains of paramount importance to the council and we will not take any risks whatsoever when it comes to their safety.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, April 24, 2015
Police want to talk to this woman about the incident

Police have released an image of a woman they want to speak to after a Muslim woman wearing a head scarf was racially abused on a Piccadilly line train.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Peter Mussett sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl on the DLR

A 32-year-old man carried out an ‘incredibly frightening’ sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl travelling alone on the DLR.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Police have released a CCTV image of a cyclist believed to have knocked a woman to the ground.

CCTV images of a cyclist accused of forcefully knocking a woman over in Bermondsey before speeding off have been released by police.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ambrose Ball has been missing since January 24

Police have recovered a body from the River Lea and believe it may be that of Ambrose Ball, who went missing in January after crashing his car.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Scotland Yard would like to speak to this man in connection with the attack [Photo by Metropolitan Police]

A 13-year-old girl was sexually attacked on a Bromley-bound bus, police have revealed.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The man was attacked until he got off the train at King's Cross station (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A Victoria Line passenger was subjected to a vile racist tirade after asking a man not to spit on the Underground.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

We have censored part of this image

Keith Fraser, the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington has apologised after retweeting an Islamophobic cartoon which looks similar to Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of the Prophet yesterday morning.