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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 February 2008, 13:33 GMT
Teacher on indecent image charge
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A Belfast teacher has appeared in court on a child pornography charge.

Neill George Morrow is currently suspended from his job at Springfield Primary School in west Belfast.

Parents at the school say they are angry that they were not informed of a police investigation until less than a fortnight ago.

Mr Morrow, 35, whose address cannot be reported, was charged with possessing an indecent photograph of a child at Belfast Magistrates Court.

There is no suggestion that the charge has any link to the Springfield Road school where he works, however, parents held a protest there on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Thomas, whose child attends the school, said parents were not informed of the police investigation until earlier this month.

"The parents are basically angry at the fact that they weren't informed sooner. The parents had a right to know," she said.

In a statement, Springfield Primary School said that all child protection procedures were initiated as soon as the matter was brought to the school's attention.

They said this resulted in the immediate suspension of duties of the member of staff concerned.

They said it was their understanding that none of the allegations relate to, or concern, any pupils at the school.

Neill Morrow, who was released on police bail, is to appear in court again in four weeks' time.



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