Harrow Borough Council has stressed the safety of children is “of paramount importance” after a former councillor was cautioned for possessing indecent images of children.

The council has released a statement, following news that former councillor Brian Gate, who was cabinet member for children, schools and families, has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

A spokesman said: “As soon as Harrow Council became aware of the allegation in September, we immediately followed all proper safeguarding procedures and the Labour Party suspended Brian Gate from his appointed duties. Councillor Gate also immediately resigned as portfolio holder and from his governorships.

“Following a police investigation, with which he has fully co-operated, Cllr Gate received a caution on Monday. He has since tendered his resignation as a councillor.

“The safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Harrow remains of paramount importance to the council and we will not take any risks whatsoever when it comes to their safety.”

Mr Gate was arrested at his Harrow home on September 24, 2012, on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

The 58-year-old was bailed pending further enquiries.

On Monday he was cautioned for the offence and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for two years.

He had been in his post as portfolio holder for children since May 2012 and had been responsible for schools and families since Labour took control of the council in 2010.