July 2021

Former police communications chief admits making indecent images of children

A former police communications boss “betrayed his colleagues” by making indecent images of children.

John William Green, known as Will Green, appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Friday to plead guilty to the offence, involving almost 100 indecent still images of children

The 42-year-old had been head of the Cleveland Police Corporate Communications Unit, and previously worked as a corporate communications adviser for Northumbria Police between 2008 and 2013.

Green, now of Morpeth but previously listed at Collingwood Drive, Hexham, was suspended from Cleveland Police on his arrest, and later resigned.

He had previously worked in a communications role at Northumbria Police.

Green appeared in court, wearing a grey suit and white shirt, and spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and to enter a guilty plea.

Prosecutor Ian Martin said Cleveland Police had been made aware of the incident images by the National Crime Agency, but no further details of the case were outlined.

Green will also be subject to the notification requirements following his guilty plea.

He will be sentenced at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on August 24 at 2pm.

Green was granted unconditional bail until he next appears in court.