A pervert music teacher who had sex with a pupil can never teach again.

Peter Gittins, 74, has been banned from the profession after admitting to having a sexual relationship with an A-Level student he met at a youth concert band.

Gittins gave the girl, known as Pupil A, a sex toy called a 'midnight massager' and pestered her over the phone.

The teacher would meet Pupil A after school and take her on rides in his car before hugging, kissing and having sex with her.

Gittins who worked at Hereford Sixth Form College, also hugged and messaged a second pupil from 2004 to 2010.

He admitted unacceptable professional conduct when he appeared at The Teaching Agency disciplinary hearing.

The report said: "Although the conduct complained of took place outside of a school setting where the interactions might be less formal, the panel nonetheless took the view that Mr Gittins was in a teaching role and therefore subject to the relevant standards and expectations for the profession."

Gittins was slapped with a lifeline ban from the classroom.

Secretary of State Alan Meyrick said: "This means that Mr Peter Gittins is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children's home in England.

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"Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Peter Gittins shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach."

A spokesperson for Hereford Sixth Form College said: "I am proud that the diligence we show in our safeguarding procedures has ensured a safe environment for our students.

"The offences committed by Peter Gittins, a music peripatetic who worked with us briefly, happened beyond our college environment, before his time with us.

"The welfare of our students and those in our community is paramount for all of us at our high performing caring sixth form college."

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