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Head accused of making indecent images of children

The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill Image copyright Google
Image caption Parents at The Tynings Primary School have been asked not to comment on the case on social media

The head teacher of a primary school has appeared in court charged with voyeurism and making indecent images of children.

Ashley Yates, 45, has been suspended from The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire.

Mr Yates, from Filton, was remanded in custody after appearing at Bristol Magistrates' Court

He is charged with three counts of making indecent photos and two counts of voyeurism.

In a statement on the school website, Sarah Warren, chair of governors, said: "While the investigation is under way I am legally bound not to comment further.

"I hope you will understand that, despite your obvious concerns, we cannot go into any further detail at the moment and we will remain guided by police in terms of our comments as we do not want to jeopardise their work."

She also asked parents not to speculate on social media about the case.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: "We can confirm head teacher Ashley Yates has been charged with making indecent images of children and voyeurism, which is subject to a police investigation.

"We are working closely with the school to ensure that parents and staff are being supported."

Mr Yates is due before Bristol Crown Court on 19 July.

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