A beer campaign in Canada has been pulled after the actor appearing in the adverts was arrested on child pornography charges. The campaign for Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale has been cancelled after Robert Norman Smith was arrested on Wednesday (15 February).

Smith, 40, appears in the adverts for the beer, owned by Labatt Breweries, as an unruly Scotsman berating the staff and patrons in a bar.

"We are surprised to learn of these charges today," Labatt said. "Clearly, we have decided not to run any future television commercials featuring this actor until this information is confirmed. If it is confirmed that this is the actor in question our commercials and any further association with him will be terminated."

Smith has been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of making it available over the Internet, according to reports.