March 2013

Man jailed after police discover indecent images


A BLACKBURN man, who was found to have indecent images of children on his computer, has been sentenced to 28 months imprisonment.

Anthony Astley, 45, appeared at Preston Crown Court on Monday 18 March after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing images of children. In addition to his sentence, Astley will also be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.  

Astley was arrested on 23 March 2011 after police raided his home on Broughton Close, Blackburn. His computer and mobile phones which were seized and after forensic analysis, were found to contain over 200 indecent images and videos of children. 

DC Dave Dutton from the Engage Team said: “This has been a long and complicated enquiry and I am satisfied with the sentence.

“This is not victimless crime. The images show children being subjected to serious sexual abuse. Protecting vulnerable children is a key priority for the police and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that those who view, possess and distribute indecent images of children are identified and brought to justice.”

Anyone with concerns can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.