Pinxton headteacher arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images

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THE headteacher of a Pinxton primary school has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images.

Matthew Pendelton (36), head teacher of Kirkstead Junior School, was arrested in Alfreton on 22nd January and has been released on bail.

Glyn Julian, associate head at the Pinxton Road school, said Mr Pendleton has been suspended and parents have been informed.

He said: “We have sent a letter to parents which explains Mr Pendleton is the subject of a police enquiry.

“Because it’s an ongoing police enquiry, that is all the information we have been able to give to parents. He has been suspended, that is clear in the letter to parents.”

Mr Julian added how assistant head Alison Hardy has been put in place as acting head teacher.

“It is important to maintain the continuing of education for the children,” he said.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “Police can confirm that a 36-year-old man was arrested in Alfreton on 22nd January suspicion of possession of indecent images.

“He was questioned and released on police bail.”