left:Walsh charged with child porn offences
Boris Johnson today sacked an aide after it emerged he had been charged with a child pornography offence.
He removed barrister Simon Walsh from the London fire authority, the cross-party body that controls the London fire brigade, after realising the seriousness of the charges.
The Mayor was initially reluctant to lose Walsh, 49, but City Hall acted this morning after being contacted by the Standard. Scotland Yard said Walsh faced two charges: one of possessing an extreme pornographic image which was likely to result in serious injury, and another of making an indecent photograph of a child on a computer, without the child present. Sources said that the Mayor had been concerned at Walsh's apparent failure to reveal the extent of the charges by fire authority chiefs.