November 2016

Paedo snared after delivery driver saw him watching images of child abuse on his widescreen TV

A PAEDOPHILE pensioner was arrested after a delivery driver spotted him viewing footage of child abuse on a large screen television.

Jack Craven, 82, was sat in his living room watching the sickening footage when a courier arrived

Brian Berlyne, prosecuting, told Bolton Crown Court how the “shocked” driver reported Craven to the police after completing his delivery on December 9, 2014.

Officers obtained a search warrant and visited Craven’s home in Bolton, Gtr Manchester three days later where they seized electrical goods including a tower computer and laptop.

On the devices they found 236 of the most serious category A child abuse images, including some of children as young as one being raped. There were a further 193 category B images and 1060 images rated as category C.

Police experts discovered Craven had been deliberately searching for images of children being abused, using “cleaning” software in an attempt to cover his tracks, and had stored the images in folders with names including “paedo” and “schoolgirl”

Recorder Philip Parry was told that, even when charged with three offences of possessing indecent images of children, Craven, a grandfather-of-three, denied knowingly having the pictures.