June 2021

Widnes paedophile kept ‘obscene’ dog sex pictures in vile stash of hundreds of images

A paedophile from Cheshire who shared sickening videos of child rape online also kept images showing a man having sex with dog.

Last year, Alan Bainbridge, of Doward Street in Widnes, collected more than 500 vile child sex abuse files over a four-month period

Police also discovered that the 62-year-old had gathered 52 extreme porn images involving animals when they arrested Bainbridge

The court heard how Bainbridge had previously admitted to six sexual offences when he appeared before magistrates.

The 62-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of possessing, three counts of downloading and one count of distributing indecent images of children, plus possessing extreme pornography.

According to the charges, Bainbridge shared indecent videos of children falling into Category A – the most serious category showing child rape – from an address in Warrington on May 9, 2020.

He downloaded 151 Category A, 87 Category B and 263 Category C indecent images of children between January 8, 2020 and May 13, 2020.

And he possessed 52 images which portrayed ‘a person performing an act of intercourse with a live animal, namely dogs, which were grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character’.

Bainbridge appeared in the dock this afternoon, when his defence lawyer requested an adjournment so he could be interviewed by the Probation Service.

The judge, Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, agreed with Ms Badman and said: “Clearly as you rightly acknowledge this is a very serious matter, but I can see the force of what you say, that the sentencing court would undoubtedly be assisted by such information as could be found in a pre-sentence report.

“So I’m just about persuaded there should be one, but clearly this needs to be dealt with as soon as practical.”

Ms Badman said it would take four weeks for the Probation Service to prepare a report and Recorder Unsworth adjourned sentencing until July 5.

The court heard Bainbridge was previously granted unconditional bail, but the judge said he would impose a condition of residence that Bainbridge live and sleep at his address in Widnes.

Recorder Unsworth told Bainbridge he had agreed to the making of a report so that the sentencing judge had as much information as possible about him.

However, he warned: “The fact that I am adjourning for the preparation of a pre-sentence report should not be interpreted in any way by you – it shouldn’t give rise to hope of any particular outcome in this case.

“Clearly, this is a very serious case.”