January 2021

King’s Lynn man given extended 18-year sentence

A Kings Lynn man who sought to arrange the sexual abuse of women and girls in an online chatroom has been given an extended 18-year sentence.

Police say the “digital footprint” left by offenders like Phillippe Campbell means they can, and will, be brought to justice.

Campbell, 45, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, having previously been convicted on three counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

He was also found guilty on three charges of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence. All the offences occurred in Lynn between September 1, 2019, and February 18 last year.

Campbell was sentenced to 12 years in jail, plus a further six years on licence.

Passing sentence, Judge Stephen Holt described Campbell’s behaviour as “shocking” even in the context of his 40 years’ experience of the criminal justice system.

“It’s hard to think of a more wicked thing to do,” he said.

During an interview following his arrest, Campbell identified two victims whose details he had shared online.

All those identified as being his victims were notified immediately, and safeguarding measures were put in place.