Norfolk

Man from Littleport had 1,611 child abuse images

A man who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Gary Hampshire, 43, of Cottier Drive, Littleport, admitted at Norwich Crown Court to 10 offences of making indecent photos of children.

He admitted one offence of having 1,611 indecent images of children.

He was given a 51 week prison sentence, suspended for two years with a two year supervision order and must attend a sex offenders' programme.

He was put on a sex offenders programme for five years.

'Sick fantasy'

The court heard police discovered his address when monitoring people accessing indecent images of children online. The children in the images were under 13.

Asked about his motivation, he said he would not have sex with a child as it was "just a sick fantasy", the court heard.

Hampshire was seeking counselling for his problem.

Judge Philip Curl told him: "Some of the children are very young indeed and they are real children.

"There is no suggestion you distributed any of the pictures.

"I also take into consideration there is a genuine wish to get help to oversee your problem."

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