A Labour Party mayor and primary school teacher has been arrested for possessing child rape photographs.
Graham Pearson, 54, was arrested at his Cherry Crescent home in Balladen, Rawtenstall, for having a stash of violent rape photographs of very young children.
He was bailed to return to Rawtenstall police station while officers considered whether charges should be brought against him.
But Mr Pearson, who is a Labour party council leader, was formally cautioned when he attended one of his council appointments.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Lancashire Constabulary have given an adult caution to a 54-year-old man from the Rossendale area for possession of indecent photographs of children.
“We arrested Mr Pearson at his home address.”
When asked about the caution, Mr Pearson said: “I have no comment to make.”
Mr Pearson went missing from his home, and police issued an appeal for his return. His silver Chevrolet car was also said to be missing. But he was later discovered hiding in the Cumbria area.
He was a Hareholme ward councillor and also served as Mayor of Rossendale.