Tayside and Central Scotland

Orange and Lemons nursery worker on child pornography charge

Oranges and Lemons nursery
Image caption The member of staff has been suspended from his position at the nursery

A nursery worker in Dundee has been charged with possessing indecent images of children.

Tayside Police said the 20-year-old man was detained by officers last Tuesday. He has since been suspended by the city's Oranges and Lemons nursery.

The force added that "thorough and meticulous inquiries" were continuing to establish the full circumstances.

The investigation included computer equipment being forensically examined, a Tayside Police spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for Oranges and Lemons Nurseries said: "As a care organisation driven to delivering the highest standards in child care, the allegations against a member of staff from Technology Park Nursery have come as a great shock to us.

"The safety and welfare of children in our care is of the utmost importance and all staff undergo enhanced PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) checks as part of our rigorous recruitment policy.

'Time and space'

"The member of staff in question has been suspended with immediate effect and we continue to co-operate fully with the police throughout their investigation.

"We also continue to communicate with all parents as we meet our objective of providing a safe and secure learning environment for their children."

The Tayside Police spokeswoman said the force was "acutely aware" of the concern generated within the community when people become aware of alleged offences of this nature.

She added: "While acknowledging the urgency of such concerns, it is important that the investigation is given the time and space it requires to ensure that all evidence is gathered and reported in full to the procurator fiscal for consideration.

"Tayside Police, and the education and social work departments of the three local authority areas in the region, as well as care providers, are working closely to ensure that the appropriate information and support is in place for any families and children closest to these allegations."

Anyone with information or concerns about the case has been asked to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.

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