August 2017

Child abuse operation snares four south Essex paedophiles

FOUR south Essex men have been brought to justice as a result of a highly-successful police crackdown on offenders who are downloading, taking and distributing indecent images of children online.

Since November last year, a dedicated team of specialist officers have executed 44 warrants and arrested 43 people. This has led to 29 people being charged and a further 11 sentenced. In total 46 children have been safeguarded.

This month, Tony Potter, 37, of Collingwood Road, Vange, admitted making more than 100 indecent images of children following a warrant at his home on January 6 this year.

Officers seized a laptop and computer tower. Analysis of the equipment found 131 indecent images, which included 13 images in the most serious category of abuse.

He was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work, take part in a 90-day rehabilitation programme and was put on the sex offenders register for five years.

Robert Hope, 21, of Lambourne Crescent, Basildon, was caught with indecent films and photographs of children when officers raided his home on January 5.

They seized a mobile phone which contained 50 indecent images and films of children. Hope admitted three counts of making indecent images of children. He was placed on the sex offenders register for five years.

Trevor May, 52, of Sycamore Close, Canvey, admitted possessing indecent images featuring girls as young as ten.

Officers raided his home on December 21 last year and seized 23 items of computer equipment, which contained 67 indecent images and films of children. He was placed on the sex offenders register for five years.

Officers further executed a warrant at the home of Timothy Manser, 48, in Stornoway Road, Southend on February 1 this year.

They seized a number of laptops and hard-drives which were later subjected to forensic analysis. They were found to contain 14 indecent images of children.

He admitted two counts of making indecent images of children and was given a 26-week jail term suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and was put on the sex offenders register for seven years.

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