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Jan 10 2013

Harrow Councillor Brian Gate Cautioned Following Child Porn Arrest

cllr_brian_gateBrian Gate (formally councillor for Labour, West Harrow) was cautioned on Monday following his arrest last year “…on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children…” and has since resigned as a Councillor. Harrow Council said in a statement “Following a police investigation, which he has fully co-operated with, Cllr Gate received a caution on Monday. He has since tendered his resignation as a councillor. The safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Harrow remains of paramount importance to the council and we will not take any risks whatsoever when it comes to their safety.” Apart from his caution, he has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for two years.

Wikipedia has this to say about cautions:

According to the Home Office, a police caution does form a part of a person’s criminal record. A caution may adversely affect both employment and travel prospects. A caution may be considered in court in the event of the offender being tried for a similar offence. A caution remains in police records along with photographs, fingerprints and any other samples taken at the time…

A caution is intended to act as a first official warning and to deter people from getting involved in crime.
As of 2008, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 has been extended to cover police cautions, which are thereof considered to be expunged (spent) as soon as they are given.

If nothing else, Brian Gate should be praised for his immediate resignation from positions of responsibility following his arrest, and for his resignation as a Councillor following his caution.

There’s no word as yet on whether (or, more accurately, when) there will be a by-election in West Harrow.

Source: Harrow Times and Harrow Council

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