March 2006

Former Green party councillor jailed for 18 months

A FORMER Green Party councillor who downloaded more than 200,000 child abuse images has been jailed for 18 months.

Paul Thomas, 45, a former Hackney councillor, had more than 60 CDs of child abuse images in his Bow home, many showing underage girls in swimwear, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Damian van Duyvenbode, prosecuting, said: “This defendant has stored large numbers of images of children in swimwear which the prosecution say is part of his sexual gratification.”