October 2017: At Chester Crown Court on Monday, October 16, he was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for two years.

He must also complete 200 hours unpaid work.

Bradford, who had worked as choirmaster of St Peter’s Church in Prestbury’s girls’ choir, must sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

September 2017

Choirmaster collected images of child rape

A former choirmaster at a church in one of Britain’s richest villages spent 14 years collecting of hundreds of indecent images of children.

David Bradford, 50, is facing jail after he was found in possession of 1,659 photographs and videos of children on devices at his home in Macclesfield, a court heard.

Among his hoard, which he downloaded between 2002 and 2016, were Category A images, the most severe, showing the rape of very young children.

Bradford, of Slater Street, Macclesfield, indicated a plea of guilty to possessing indecent photographs of a child, three charges of making indecent photographs, possessing extreme pornographic images, and possessing nine prohibited images of children at Stockport magistrates’ court on Monday, September 4.

Carl Miles, prosecuting, said the offences related to images downloaded between January 26, 2002 and December 23, 2016.

Bradford will be sentenced at a later date.

The sentencing guidelines were for a starting point of 12 months in custody, ranging from six months to three years.

the prosecution would be applying for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to protect the public.

Bradford was a former musical director for the Prestbury Youth Panto