January 2021

Washington paedophile who spent hours accessing disturbing images of children while at work is jailed

A scheming paedophile who repeatedly accessed disturbing images of children while at work has been jailed.

Concierge Glen Barwick, who has been jailed for a total of nine months, spent hours accessing illicit materials while working at the Newcastle city centre building he was in charge of looking after.

The 42-year-old was caught with a haul of indecent images and extreme pornography, alongside four kilos of cannabis and an imitation firearm back in 2017.

Barwick, of Washington, used a range of devices to download indecent images in a bid to cover his tracks, including computers belonging to his employers.

However an investigation was soon launched when officers from the Force’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) received information about the type of materials being downloaded at the building.

Barwick – as the only person with complete access to the building – was soon identified as the culprit and arrested. A search of the premises near the High Level Bridge led officers to his cannabis stash which he had hidden in a store cupboard alongside the firearm.

He was later released under investigation while officers began searching his devices and building a solid case to present before the courts.

However, it didn’t take long for Barwick, of Waterloo Walk in Washington, to revert to his old ways and officers once again became aware he had been downloading and sharing indecent images.

In April 2020, detectives swooped in to arrest him once again but the prolific offender spotted officers and fled the scene on foot – prompting a short pursuit down Queens Lane.

After a short struggle, Barwick was arrested and another mobile phone seized from his possession.

Despite refusing to hand over the device’s passcode, detectives were able to crack it open and unearth a further 180 indecent images of children.

On Friday, January 8, Barwick, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, two counts of possessing extreme pornography and possession of cannabis.

He was jailed for a total of nine months.