April 2016

Granddad caught with more than 400 child abuse images

PERVERT Gordon Colclough downloaded more than 400 indecent images of children on his computer.

The 65-year-old grandfather-of-10 accessed the images over an eight-year period, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.

But he was arrested after Staffordshire Police’s child exploitation team went to his Kidsgrove home and told him they were looking for indecent images of children.

The defendant came clean and pointed out the computer where the images would be found.

Prosecutor Brian McKenna said police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home on September 20, 2014.

He said: “When they told the defendant what the purpose of their visit was he pointed out a computer upon which he said the material was.”

The computer was analysed and contained 47 still images and 171 movies at category A – the most serious. They also found 50 still images and 27 movies at category B and 101 stills and 24 movies at category C. In total there were 420 images, with 218 at category A.

The defendant told police he started downloading the material seven or eight years beforehand and he looked at it ‘quite a bit’.

Colclough, of Clough Hall Road, Kidsgrove, pleaded guilty to six offences of making indecent photographs of a child.

Hamish Noble, mitigating, said the defendant has no previous convictions.

Mr Noble added: “He feels disgusted and ashamed of his behaviour. At the time he closed his mind to what he was doing in terms of the impact upon the victims portrayed.”

Judge David Fletcher sentenced Colclough to a three-year community order with a requirement to complete the internet sex offender treatment programme. He was made the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for the same period.

Judge Fletcher said: “You are a grandfather of 10. Every single child you were looking at were the grandchildren of somebody somewhere in the world.

“What they were subjected to was so disgusting and vile. They have to live the rest of their lives as victims of that sort of behaviour, because someone like you takes sexual pleasure from looking at them. If that was not the case these children would not be exploited in that way.”

Colclough must pay £800 costs.