December 2020

Paedophile bus driver, who made indecent images of children, spared jail

A former bus driver from Chadwell Heath has avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to making indecent images of children.

Ronald Neill, 57, was sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

He was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, with strict restrictions around his contact with children, and access and use of the internet.

Police first became suspicious of Neill after they were contacted by a worried parent in August, whose son was given a personalised gift by a bus driver.

He was arrested on suspicion of grooming and investigators discovered that Neill had asked boys for their names and offered them gifts, such as personalised football memorabilia if they let him take pictures of them. 

When his home was searched, officers discovered indecent images of children in his bedroom.

Neill admitted to making and downloading them and was charged with one count of making indecent images of children

Investigators subsequently found further images of children on his home computer and mobile phone. These were graded as category A and B images, with A depicting the most serious child abuse. He was then charged with three further counts of making indecent images of children.

Neill pleaded guilty to all four offences.