August 2021

Paedophile caught with images of suffering babies moves to Hull street

Paedophile Andrew Barber has moved to Hull to save his family from bad publicity

A paedophile has moved to Hull from the north east after claiming he does not want his actions to impact his family.

Andrew Barber was caught with vile indecent images of children on his phone – including babies and youngsters who were in pain.

When police went to his then-home in Northumberland, they found movies and still images depicting child abuse

Since he was caught, Barber has moved to an address at Duesbury Street, off Princes Avenue in west Hull.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last week for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images and one of possessing extreme pornography.

The court heard a man Barber was seeking to maintain a relationship with had sent him the illegal material.

Police found 141 of the most serious, category A images, including 119 videos. There were also 25 category B and 13 category C images.

Some of the youngsters were aged under one and some appeared to have been drugged or intoxicated for the purposes of abusing them.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Barber had also searched out extreme pornography and had ten videos depicting that. Now the 26-year-old has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said police went to his home in Seahouses in April 2019, acting on information they had received.

Mr Wardlaw said: “The defendant was interviewed under caution and was asked if he had ever possessed indecent images of a child.

“Initially he said not to his knowledge but during interviews he accepted he formed a relationship with another man and had been sent images and videos by that other man.

“Given the volume of images and search terms recovered, the Crown say he was trying to minimise his involvement.”

The court heard that while Barber had not entered search terms for indecent images, he had for the extreme pornography.

Judge Penny Moreland sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation and a requirement he completes a sex offender treatment programme.

The judge told him: “You suffered as a child and that should never happen to anybody but it makes it hard for me to understand how you could look at those children suffering.

Judge Moreland said she would suspend the sentence due to the fact Barber is remorseful, in work, is abstaining from drink and drugs, has learnt his lesson and is capable of rehabilitation.

He will be on the sex offenders register and subject to a sexual harm prevention order which limits his contact with male children for the next ten years.