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Solihull teachers arrested over indecent child images

Two primary school teachers have been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

The men, aged 37 and 43, who teach at separate schools in Solihull in the West Midlands, were arrested in Monkspath. Both have been suspended.

A police spokesman said: "At this stage... there is nothing to suggest any physical contact between the suspects and the children."

They were bailed for further inquiries and for seized property to be examined.

The older man teaches at St Patrick's School in Earlswood, while the 37-year-old works at Monkspath School in Shirley.

Solihull Borough Council will shortly be contacting parents whose children attend the schools to inform them directly of the arrests, the police spokesman added.

Letters are being sent out and arrangements being made to offer parents advice and information.

Solihull Council has set-up an advice line for concerned parents.

Det Ch Supt Gareth Morgan, head of West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said: "This inquiry is still in its very early stages and at this time it is important to emphasise that both men have been arrested for possessing images."

He added: "This is clearly a very sensitive case which will raise many questions among parents.

"It is an immediate priority to reassure them by providing as much information as and when we can to answer those questions."

"To do that effectively we will progress the investigation as thoroughly and quickly as possible and continue to engage with families and the wider community."

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