February 2015

Police joined forces to nail child abuse images viewer from Yate

INTER-CONTINENTAL dialogue between police landed a Yate man in court for having child abuse photos.

Police in Toronto investigating paedophiles identified Azovfilms.com, a company distributing illicit material in 2010, Bristol Crown Court heard

They established Ross Hamblin was a customer and liaised with officers in the UK.

Avon and Somerset Police then paid a call on him and found he had a sordid collection of stills and movies.

Hamblin, 35, of Badgeworth, pleaded guilty to nine charges of making indecent images of children.

Judge Graham Hume Jones told him many people would think that a person who committed such offences should face either an immediate or suspended jail term.

But he said that, due to present law, it was more practical to hand him a lengthy community order rather than a smaller prison sentence which would not allow time for him to receive treatment.

The judge imposed a community order under which Hamblin will be supervised for three years, with a condition he undergoes the Thames Valley Sex Offenders Programme.

Hamblin was told to register as a sex offender for five years and was banned from working with children.

His seized computer equipment was ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.

The judge told him: “Offend again and you will go to prison.”

Mark Hollier, prosecuting, said Hamblin’s computer devices were interrogated in March last year and he was found to have five still photos and 21 movies at the highest category of child abuse.

The court heard he had two stills and 40 movies at the second level of concern, and 305 stills and 51 movies in the lowest “indecent” category.

Mr Hollier said Hamblin, of previous good character, was interviewed and “could not bring himself to accept wrongdoing”.

Tristan Harwood, defending, told the judge: “He is very aware if he breaches the community order he would be back before the court.