Child porn ex-headteacher took own life

Paul Lowery - overdosed on insulin. (S)
Paul Lowery - overdosed on insulin. (S)

A FORMER principal of Ripon College accused of possessing child pornography killed himself after he was arrested and released on police bail.

Paul Lowery, 51, who ran the school from 1996 to 2007 before becoming a schools inspector, allegedly possessed some 10,000 indecent images of children on computers – including some at the most serious end of the scale.

He was found dead in a barn near Grimwith reservoir, near Grassington, on January 15.

At an inquest into Mr Lowery’s death, held in Skipton, coroner Rob Turnbull said the 51-year-old had taken his own life with a massive overdose of insulin.

• Full story in this week’s Ripon Gazette, out Friday, May 13.