October 2004

Pervert had 60,000 indecent pics of kids

A pervert that admitted possessing more than 60,000 indecent images of children has been jailed for 11 months. 

Baker Graham Fairhurst, 44, of Marsden Street, Newtown, was arrested in July after police were granted a warrant to search his home.

They discovered two computers, which between them held the large library of indecent images, ranging from ones of naked children to much more explicit pictures showing sex acts between adults and children.

Also recovered in the sickening haul were children’s underwear, polaroid pictures of youngsters and books containing child abuse stories.

Prosecuting, Mr Vincent Yip told Wigan magistrates that the raid was part of Operation Baglan, conducted by Greater Manchester Police throughout 2004 to crack down on cases involving child sexual abuse images.

Officers broke down Fairhurst’s door after he failed to answer to knocks, and found him at the top of his stairs. He said as he was arrested: “I know what it’s all about.”

Also recovered in the raid were video tapes, negatives, a digital camera and credit card statements.

Graham Fairhurst was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. 

A judge told 44-year-old Fairhurst that he was satisfied there is a risk of him re-offending and banned him from working with children indefinitely, at Liverpool Crown Court. 

Judge Gerald Clifton told Fairhurst, who showed no reaction, that the images he had seen “show an appalling abuse of children. 

“You are abusing that child as much as if that child was physically in front of you. ”