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The former leader of Kingston Upon Thames Council is to appear in court today accused of possessing indecent images of children.

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Derek Osborne, a Liberal Democrat who stepped down as leader in June after 10 years in the job, is also accused of distributing images and possessing extreme pornography.

The 58-year-old is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with five counts of possessing indecent images of children, five counts of distributing indecent images of children, and one count of possession of extreme pornography.

All the alleged offences are said to have occurred on or before June 11.

Osborne, from New Malden, was first elected as a councillor in 1986 before becoming leader between 1997 and 1998, and again in 2003.

He was parliamentary candidate for Kingston upon Thames in 1992, fighting the then chancellor Norman Lamont.

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