Life ban for teacher caught in £30,000 Sunderland drug deal

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A TEACHER caught carrying out a £30,000 cocaine deal has been banned from the classroom for life.

Geography and maths teacher Michael Younghusband was seen taking delivery of a package containing 744g of the Class A drug from Keith Brumwell near Penshaw Monument, in Sunderland, in August 2012.

Michael Younghusband

Michael Younghusband

He was jailed for three years and four months at Durham Crown Court in September after admitting possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Brumwell, 28, from Basingtoke Road, Peterlee, was jailed for four years and four months, for admitting the same offence.

Younghusband, who was rated by Ofsted as an outstanding teacher, lost his job at Dene Community School in Peterlee, where he had taught for nine years.

Now the 31-year-old has been told by a National College for Teaching and Leadership’s professional conduct panel he will never be allowed in a classroom again.

The panel said Younghusband, of Kingswood, Penshaw, had caused “immense damage to the collective reputation of the profession” and said a Prohibition Order needed to be imposed in the public interest.

The panel said it had considered whether there should be any timescale put on the ban, but a majority view was that he should be thrown out for life.

The judgement stated: “Put simply, the prevailing view of the panel is that to have someone with this sort of conviction working with children is simply inappropriate and, thus, in this case the Prohibition Order should be imposed without any review period.

Durham Crown Court was told how police stopped Younghusband’s BMW in Newbottle and found the cocaine in the passenger footwell. On searching his home £7,000 of cash was found in £1,000 bundles.

Brumwell also admitted a second charge of possession with intent to supply in relation to another 41.6g of cocaine.

Younghusband has the right of appeal to the High Court.