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Dec 26 2012

Harow Cllr Brian Gate – arrested for child porn, now all gone quiet

cllr_brian_gateRegular readers will recall that Cllr Brian Gate (Labour, West Harrow) was arrested in late September 2012 “…on suspicion of the possession of indecent images of children.” He subsequently resigned his school governorship roles and was swiftly replaced in his position of Porfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Families by Cllr Mitzi Green (yes, the rude one).

We reported at the time that he was bailed by police, and due to return in November. It has, however, all been quiet since then, and we’d heard little more.

However, we have heard some rumours as to how the police became aware of his involvement which we won’t repeat here, other than to say that they may have received a tip off locally. And we understand that Cllr Gate may have spent a brief spell undergoing psychiatric care, possibly on an in-patient basis, although we haven’t been able to confirm that. Emails to Cllr Gate and to his wife, Cllr Ann Gate (Labour, Harrow on the Hill) have both gone unanswered.

We have to remember that Cllr Gate is innocent until proven guilty, and that his actions in resigning his school governor positions, as well as his council role, were simply the appropriate thing to do.

We’ll add further information to iharrow.com as soon as we hear more.

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