May 2021

Blackburn paedophile hid devices with indecent images from police

A paedophile from Blackburn hid hard drives, USB sticks and mobile phones from police who later found indecent images of children on his devices.

Simon David Hall, of Ennerdale Avenue, was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) after being convicted, in 2018, of possessing indecent images of children.

The order requires 60-year-old Hall to provide police with any storage devices or those capable of accessing the internet.

At Preston Crown Court yesterday (May 10) Hall pleaded guilty to breaching the SHPO by failing to produce a number of devices for inspection and deleting the content.

The court heard that on September 8 Hall failed to produce for inspection by a police officer one USB stick, a Hitachi hard drive, a Toshiba disk drive, a Seagate hard drive, a Fujitsu hard drive, a Bush tablet, an Archos device and two mobile phones.

On the same date Hall deleted the content or history of the digital media storage devices.

When police searched Hall’s devices they found he had made 62 indecent images of children between May 16 and September 9 of last year.

Of the images 49 were Category A – the most serious, 11 were Category. B and two were Category C.

Hall, who is currently on remand in prison and is shielding as he suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also had in his possession 12 prohibited images of children and entered guilty pleas to all offences.

The judge, Beverley Lunt, adjourned sentencing to allow a psychiatric report to be conducted. Hall will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on June 25.