February 2020

Grandad went from ‘hero to zero’ after downloading thousands of sick photos

A granddad went from ‘hero to zero’ after police found he was in possession of over 5,000 indecent images of children.

Paul Tovey, of Plimsoll Way, east Hull, appeared at Hull Crown Court today (February 14) to be sentenced for three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

Police searched the 60-year-old’s home on February 9 this year where they discovered a storage device which contained thousands of indecent images of children.

Some were as young as six-years-old in the content Tovey had downloaded from torrent sites.

In total, police discovered one category A video file, two category B images and 1,445 category C picture files.

They also found he had downloaded 5,776 prohibited images, including 22 video files, prosecuting barrister Michele Stuart-Lofthouse told the court.

Tovey, who has no previous convictions barring one unrelated offence in 1977, is said to be “anxious to understand how it came to this”, according to defence barrister Mark Savage.

Mr Savage said: “He accepts fully his culpability. He is a shame on his family and he has lost contact with his grandchildren whom he once had an exceptional relationship.

Recorder Gavin Doig sentenced Tovey to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years.

He must complete 30 days rehabilitation activity and will spend ten years on the sex offenders’ register