Camera found in girls toilet at primary school

Issue 358

A MAN has been charged after a hidden camera was found in the ceiling of the girls toilets at a Birstall junior school.
Timothy Lester Walters, 37, believed to be an IT consultant at the school, was remanded in custody by Batley and Dewsbury magistrates.
He was due to appear again before the court today (Friday) charged with a number of offences under the Sexual Offences Act and the Protection of Children Act.
The charges relate to alleged incidents at St Peters Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Fieldhead Lane between March 1 and 5.
It is understood the toilets, used by the older girls, are in the junior school close to the main hall.
The Press understands there had been complaints from girls and staff found a laptop, camera and modem device hidden in a false ceiling last Wednesday.
Police were called but kept a lowkey, nonuniformed profile within the school. A major investigation, headed by Det Supt Steve Payne, was launched.
It was later explained to children why the police were in school.
Walters, of Brighouse, who is thought to have done work at several other local schools, was later arrested and charged.
An application for bail was refused by magistrates on Saturday.
Police and Kirklees Council organised a meeting for parents on Monday night which was attended by almost 200 people.
Those at the meeting included Det Supt Payne, the councils education chief Alison OSullivan, Cabinet member for education Coun Ken Smith and Batley and Spen Labour MP Mike Wood.
Also on the top table were the schools head teacher Sue Muscroft and chairman of governors Linda Wootton.
A father whose sevenyearold daughter attends the church school, which has around 180 pupils, said there was a mixture of shock and anger.
It a horrible meeting and quite emotional, he said. It was quite angry at times and I would say virtually all the parents were there.
It was explained to us what had happened and a detective superintendent who usually works on murders and homicides is leading the investigation, thats how seriously they are taking this.
The meeting lasted just over an hour and the police said if there was further information they could tell us they would call another meeting.
Feelings are said to be running high in the local community and extra police patrols have been sent out.
A police spokesman confirmed that a 37yearold man had been charged and was due to appear in court again today.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: We are working alongside the school to support pupils, parents and staff at this difficult time. We are also working with the police to assist their investigation but we cannot comment further at this stage due to live criminal proceedings.

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