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Birmingham teaching staff held in 'extreme porn' inquiry

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Image caption Two of the arrested men work at Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

Teaching staff from two Birmingham schools have been arrested on suspicion of possessing extreme pornography.

The men, aged 36, 37 and 31, were arrested on Thursday at addresses in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

One suspect is employed at Park View School, Alum Rock, and the other two men work at Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill, police said. All three are teachers or teaching staff.

The men have since been released on bail until early April.

West Midlands Police said both schools had been informed of the arrests.

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Image caption One employee from Park View School has been arrested, police said

The force said the men were arrested as a result of an investigation that began in April.

They were questioned by officers from the force's Public Protection Unit.

The Department for Education has been informed.

Park View Educational Trust issued a statement saying it was "concerned" about the arrests and wanted to reassure parents it was working with police.

"While the nature of the pornography is described as extreme there is absolutely no suggestion from the police that it involved minors," it said.

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