July 2009

Buntingford man downloaded child abuse pictures

A married father from Buntingford who collected thousands of “vile” images of youngsters being abused – including some being raped – has been jailed for 30 months.

John Harris, 61, of Vicarage Road, began looking at pornography on the internet, but then switched to downloading images of children, St Albans Crown Court heard.

He was arrested at his home by Hertfordshire detectives following a tip off from their colleagues in Cheshire.

Judge John Plumstead was told how police recovered around 18,000 images that Harris had found on the internet.