February 2019

Melbourn man spared jail after admitting to making indecent images of children

A Melbourn man has been given a sexual harm prevention order and is to complete 80 hours of unpaid work after admitting to three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

Martin Randle, of Bury Lane, was found with indecent images of children on his laptop and a USB stick.

The 54-year-old was linked to an IP address used to upload the images to the internet on September 12 and November 20, 2017.

Cambridgeshire police then carried out a warrant at his house where a number of items were seized, including mobile phones, laptops and a USB stick.

Randle was present while the warrant was being carried out, but made no admissions.

Later, he went to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge for a voluntary interview where he gave no comment to any of the questions.

The seized items were reviewed and a red ACER laptop, belonging to Randle, was found to contain indecent images of children.

In total there were 53 category C images and two category A – the most severe category.

A black USB stick identified as Randle’s was found to have 11 category C images.

When interviewed for a second time Randle refused to answer any of the questions he was asked about the images.

However, he later admitted three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

On Thursday, at Cambridge Crown Court, he was given a sexual harm prevention order lasting five years, and placed on the UK’s Violent and Sex Offender Register for five years.

In addition he was placed under a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.