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Oldswinford head teacher arrested over indecent images

Oldswinford CE Primary School in Stourbridge Image copyright Google Maps
Image caption Ross Workman has been suspended from Oldswinford CE Primary School in Stourbridge

A primary school head teacher has been arrested as part of an online child sexual exploitation investigation.

Ross Workman, head teacher at Oldswinford C of E Primary School in Stourbridge, was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images.

The 49-year-old has been bailed and suspended while inquiries take place.

Computer equipment has been seized from his Warwickshire home and letters have been sent to parents informing them of the investigation.

'Extremely rare'

Detectives are contacting schools where the suspect has previously been employed.

Oldswinford chairman of governors Stan Williams said there was no evidence of inappropriate contact with children at the school, which has more than 400 pupils.

In a letter to parents, he said: "As you may or may not be aware, a member of staff, Mr Workman, has been suspended after being arrested as part of a police investigation."

He added: "While incidents of this kind are extremely rare, we understand that you may be concerned. Please be assured that school life will continue as normal."

Tim Crumpton, Dudley council's cabinet member for children's services, said it was "working closely with the school and its governing body."

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "At this stage of the inquiry there is no evidence of any inappropriate contact between the teacher and pupils at the school."

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