Harrow schools' councillor quits over child porn arrest

A north-west London councillor with responsibility for children and schools has resigned following his arrest over indecent images of children.

Harrow councillor Brian Gate, 57, was arrested on 24 September on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

The Labour councillor was "immediately" suspended and subsequently handed in his resignation, the authority said.

Mr Gate, who represents the West Harrow ward, was first elected in 1997.

Resigned from governorships

A spokeswoman for Harrow Council said: "The council acted promptly to immediately suspend Cllr Gate and to follow all proper safeguarding procedures.

"Cllr Gate subsequently tendered his resignation as portfolio holder and from his governorships.

"The safety of children is paramount."

St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Mount Park Avenue confirmed that Mr Gate had been a governor at the school.

Council leader Bill Stephenson confirmed that Mr Gate had been "administratively suspended" from the Harrow Labour Group.

A Met spokesman said: "Officers attended a residential address in the Harrow area on Monday 24 September and arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

"The man was taken in to custody and has since been bailed pending further enquiries until a date in early November."

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