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Indecent photo teacher Peter McFarlane struck off

A teacher has been struck off after being convicted of vandalism, drink driving and possessing indecent photographs of children.

Peter McFarlane, 47, who taught history at a North Lanarkshire secondary, was caught with the pictures in May 2010.

The drink driving and vandalism offences happened in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, on 21 August 2010.

The General Teaching Council (GTC) ordered McFarlane's name to be removed from the teaching register.

'Extremely serious'

In its find the GTC panel found that McFarlane's conduct fell "significantly short of the standards expected of a registered teacher" and concluded he was "therefore unfit to teach".

It said: "The panel considered that the respondent's conviction on indictment for possessing indecent photographs of children was extremely serious.

"The panel noted that the respondent was in possession of a substantial number of indecent images.

"The panel also considered that the respondent's convictions and the fact that he has been placed on the sex offenders' register demonstrate that he has failed to uphold standards of personal and professional conduct, honesty and integrity meaning that the public cannot have confidence in the respondent as a teacher."

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