A computer teacher who was caught with child sex images has been banned from the profession. 

Christopher North, 40, was employed as head of computing and digital learning at The Hall School in Belsize Park when he was arrested in March last year. 

Police searched his devices and found 13 indecent images of children, including images of youngsters being sexually abused.

The children in the images were of secondary school age but they were downloaded from the internet and were not of pupils at the The Hall. 

North, who had been employed at the all-boys independent school since 2015, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs as well as one count of possessing cocaine. 

In May last year at Snaresbrook Crown Court he was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years. 

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. 

On October 10 this year the Teaching Regulation Agency convened to consider North’s future in the profession. 

North had been a well-regarded, talented and loved teacher prior to these offences, the panel were told. 

But the panel concluded that North should be banned from teaching indefinitely.