March 2019

Pervert with more than 30,000 indecent images of kids snared by police raid

A former Motherwell man was caught with almost 32,000 indecent images of children.

Andrew Brailsford, 30, was placed on the sex offenders’ register at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week, but avoided a prison sentence.

He admitted downloading indecent images at his former home in Dalriada Crescent, Motherwell, and his current address in McLean Drive, Bellshill, between December 2017 and May last year.

Paula Russell, prosecuting, said police carried out an early morning raid at the McLean Drive address on June 18 last year.

It followed information received from the national online child abuse prevention organisation.

Officers seized items including a laptop computer and a mobile phone

In total, there were 31,406 indecent photos of children as well as 404 video clips and 127 cartoon images.

The material featured boys and girls in the age range three to 15.

The sheriff told him he will be under supervision for three years and on the sex offenders register for the same period.

Brailsford must not have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 17 without the approval of his social worker.

He must make officers from the police offenders management unit aware of any internet devices he has and make such appliances available for inspection.

Brailsford must also be assessed for North Lanarkshire Council’s ‘Moving Forward, Making Changes’ programme for offenders and carry out 225 hours of unpaid community work.

February 2019

Pervert caught with nearly 32,000 indecent images of children

A Bellshill man was caught with almost 32,000 indecent images of children.

Andrew Brailsford (30) was placed on the sex offenders’ register at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday.

He admitted downloading indecent images at his former home in Dalriada Crescent, Motherwell, and his current address in McLean Drive, Bellshill, between December 2017 and May last year.

Paula Russell, prosecuting, said police carried out an early morning raid at the McLean Drive address on June 18 last year.

It followed information received from the national online child abuse prevention organisation.

Officers seized items including a laptop computer and a mobile phone.

In total, there were 31,406 indecent photos of children as well as 404 video clips and 127 cartoon images.

The material featured boys and girls in the age range three to 15.

Sheriff Shiona Waldron called for background reports and a risk assessment to be carried out on Brailsford.

She deferred sentence until March 26 and Brailsford had his bail continued.