Councillor due in court over child pornography charges

David Fagan
David Fagan

A North Lanarkshire councillor has been charged with alleged child pornography offences.

Scottish Labour has suspended Airdrie South councillor David Fagan who is due to appear in court tomorrow (Thursday), as has the party’s group in North Lanarkshire.

A party spokesman said: “We can confirm that he has been suspended from Scottish Labour.”

The alleged incidents are said to have taken place over a six day period in June and he was arrested at his home in Airdrie last month.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A 52-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, September 7. He was released on an undertaking to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 6.”

A spokesman for the Crown Office added: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning a 52-year-old male in connection with alleged incidents said to have occurred between June 25 and 30.

“The report remains under consideration.”

Fagan has been a councillor since 2003 and sits on several committees including Education, Policy and Resources and Housing and Social Work Services.

He had worked as an assistant to ex-MSP Karen Whitefield and is a former vice-chairman of SPT.

A council spokesman said: “This is a matter for the courts.”