Ex-Cambridgeshire Police chaplain Stephen Talbot admits child image charges

Stephen Talbot
Image caption The former police chaplain admitted three charges when he appeared at court in Cambridge earlier

A former chaplain with Cambridgeshire Police has admitted making and possessing indecent images of children.

Stephen Talbot, 63, from Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, also admitted perverting the course of justice.

Cambridge Crown Court heard he tried to destroy a computer hard drive knowing it contained images of children.

Talbot resigned from his police role on 1 October and was arrested the same day. He is expected to be sentenced during the week of 16 February.

The court heard Talbot had tried to destroy some of the evidence by placing it in rubbish bins in neighbouring towns.

Det Supt Gary Ridgway said Talbot's actions were an "enormous breach of trust".

"Some images found on Talbot's computer were at the highest level and his deliberate act to destroy further evidence means we will never know the true extent of his offending," he said.

"Safeguarding the most vulnerable in society is our priority, so making sure we stop those responsible for this type of crime, no matter who they are, is imperative."

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