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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Millom man sentenced over making indecent images of children

A MILLOM man has been given a three year community order for making indecent images of children.

Christopher Kershaw, 60 of Festival Road, Millom, was sentenced today at Barrow Crown Court after pleading guilty to 15 counts of making indecent images.

As well as the community order, Mr Kershaw has been placed on the sexual offender register for five years and must attend a sex offender treatment programme. He has also been issued a five year sexual offender prevention order.

On December 2 2013, officers executed a search warrant at Mr Kershaw’s home address and seized a laptop and mobile phone.

The devices were forensically examined by the Force’s High Tech Crime Unit. Officers found more than 700 still images and 17 movies of varying levels on the laptop and one level four image on the mobile phone.

Mr Kershaw was charged on February 12 and appeared before Furness Magistrates Court the next day where he pleaded guilty to all charges. He was remanded in custody.

Detective Inspector Nick Coughlan said: “The sentence imposed today reflects the nature of the images which Mr Kershaw was viewing. Images of this nature have been created via the suffering and abuse of children and it is a criminal offence for these to be viewed.

“The sentence given by the judge should act as a deterrent and we will continue to work to bring those to justice who believe that they can view indecent images of children.

“Anyone who has any information or concerns about what is being viewed on their computer by other people can contact Cumbria Police on 101.”

Judge Paul Batty said: “The sentence issued is in the hope of proper treatment and does not deter from the seriousness of this matter.”

*See the full details from the court case in tomorrow’s Evening Mail

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