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Ex-Dumfries High School head teacher Mark Turner is struck off

Dumfries High School
Image caption Mr Turner was head teacher at Dumfries High School

A head teacher who lost his job after he was caught with cocaine has been struck off.

Mark Turner, the head of Dumfries High School, was found in possession of the Class A drug in a pub in Carlisle last June.

He was cautioned for the offence and never returned to his post.

At a meeting of the General Teaching Council for Scotland's (GTCS) fitness to teach panel, he was removed from their professional register.

Mr Turner was with Lesley Wilson, a deputy head at Wallace Hall Academy in Thornhill, when they were caught with the drug.

She did not return to her job and is also expected to be subject to a fitness to teach hearing this week.

Mr Turner did not attend Tuesday's GTCS panel but it was told that he had signed a declaration admitting the offence and waiving his right to a full hearing.

It was told he "freely and willingly" agreed to being removed from the register.

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