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

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Read more

Kendra got a hug from Jake, but the Twittersphere was unimpressed with her antics.

Read more

Their version of Sir Elton John’s Something About The Way You Look saw Only the Young voted off Saturday’s show.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

Quirky London