February 2021

South Shields businessman caught with sickening collection of child abuse images

A businessman caught with a sickening collection of child abuse images featuring victims as young as a two-month old baby has kept his freedom.

Police raided Paul Goldsbrough’s home in April 2019 and found a total of 1,025 pictures and movies on his laptop.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 45-year-old also had 21 prohibited images of children and two of extreme pornography, featuring animals.

Prosecutor Marc Atkins told the court: “The age range of the children depicted in the images has been estimated to be as young as two-months old to 15 years of age.”

Mr Atkins said Goldsbrough, had “deliberately searched” for the illegal images online.

Goldsbrough, of Harton Rise, South Shields, admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

The court heard there were a total of 114 catergory A images and movies, which is the most serious category, as well as 204 category B images and movies and 707 category C images and movies.

Mr recorder David Gordon sentenced Goldsbrough to ten months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements and 200 hours unpaid work.

He must sign the sex offenders register and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.