May 2016

Walney pensioner admits possessing indecent images of children

A PENSIONER has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

At Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, David Attwood pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photos and one of possessing indecent images of children.

The 76-year-old, of Irwell Road, Walney, was found to have 26 indecent images, spanning across categories A, B and C – with A being the most serious.

The offences all date between September 7, 2011 and February 25, 2014.

Due to the severity of the crime, magistrates did not believe they had sufficient sentencing powers so committed the case for sentence at Preston Crown Court.

Mr Lee Dacre, prosecuting, said: “These are some of the most serious categories so, in view of that, this case should be dealt with at the crown court for sentence.”

Attwood was represented by Mr Trystan Roberts, who made no submissions in relation to the case.

Attwood is due for sentencing at Preston Crown Court in the morning of Friday June 3.

In the meantime, he must attend Barrow Police Station and be subject to an interim sex offender registration order.

The guilty charges include possessing 13 indecent photographs of categories A, B and C, making five category B images, making five category A images and making three category C images.

Mr Gary Ormondroyd, chairman of magistrates, told Attwood at his first appearance: “This matter will be adjourned until June 3.

“You will be required to attend Preston Crown Court for sentencing.

“To help the sentencing judge, we want to prepare a pre-sentence report by the probation service.”

Attwood was granted unconditional bail until June 3.