Nurse struck off

A NURSE has been formally banned from the profession after being found guilty of downloading child pornography images.

Andrew Sandford (37) was caught by police at his former home in Barrhead.

He had 12,270 images of children being sexually abused on his laptop computer.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council banned Sandford at a hearing in London.

He was arrested while at his work as a geriatric nurse in the southside’s Victoria Infirmary in September 2010.

Banning Sandford from ever working in the profession, the nursing organisation said his actions caused “concerns over his ability to practice safely around children and young people”.

It continued: “The panel considers a striking-off order is necessary in order to protect the public, to uphold proper professional standards and to maintain confidence in the nursing profession and the Nursing and Midwifery Council”.