April 2013

Man imprisoned for attempted child abduction – Slough

Barry Collins

A man has been imprisoned for three and a half years after pleading guilty to attempted child abduction and possessing indecent images of children.

Barry Collins, aged 55, from Hatton Grove, West Drayton, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted child abduction and one count of possession of indecent images at Reading Crown Court on Friday (26/4), and was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment.

At about 11am on Thursday 1 November 2012, Collins approached two girls, aged seven and eight, on Lower Cippenham Lane, Slough, and asked them for directions. Collins drove off, but returned in his car a few minutes later and told both girls to get into the back of his car and he would give them some money.

One girl got into the back of the car, and the other shouted at her to get out. A witness walking by then came and intervened and Collins drove off.

Collins was subsequently arrested later that afternoon. As part of their investigation, officers discovered indecent images on his computer, and on 27 November 2012, charged Collins with the three offences.

Det Con Sukh Kanwar, investigating officer, said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Collins, who is clearly a dangerous individual and has been removed from the streets and communities of Slough and put behind bars.”