November 2015

Mental health nurse found with 13,000 indecent images of children

A mental health nurse has been struck off after he was found with 13,345 indecent pictures of children on his laptop.

Andrew Blockley, a former ward manager for Avon & Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Trust, was convicted of 11 counts of making indecent pictures of children.

Blockley had only be working for the trust for ten months when he was identified by officers as a suspicious internet user, which provoked an investigation.

The registered nurse went to Bristol Grammar School and completed his diploma in Nursing Studies at UWE in 2002.

He spent ten years as a ward manager in south London before starting work with Avon & Wiltshire.

But in Bristol Crown Court last November, Blockley was convicted of the child porn charges.

Last week, he was officially struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and given an 19 month suspension order.

In a conduct hearing, it was heard that on September 29, 2013, police attended Blockley’s address with a search warrant and seized numerous computers and paraphernalia.

This equipment was examined by specialist investigators.

The laptop was found to have to contain a large quality of child abuse images, which had been deleted before police arrived but were retrieved by officers.

All the images were created between March 25, 2011 and September 20, 2013.

Blockley was interviewed at Southmead police station. After his arrest, Blockley contacted the Lucy Faithful Foundation, a charity addressing child pornography and abuse by working directly with offenders.

In court, he was sentenced to a 36-month community order and was orderd to undertake a special sex offender;s treatment programme for 42 days.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order was put in place for five years.

The hearing panel received an email from Blockley on 29 October this year which read: “I accept my fitness to practice is impaired at this time.”

The hearing was told that while Blockley had no professional contact with children, he was working with vulnerable adults.

A report on his striking off order said: “Taking into account the paramount need to protect the public, the panel finds your fitness to practice is currently impaired by reason of your conviction.”