York & North Yorkshire

Ex-Yorkshire Agricultural Society boss jailed over child abuse images

An ex police officer who was a director of the body that runs the Great Yorkshire Show has been jailed for possessing 4,000 images of child abuse.

Charles Littleboy, 55, of Howe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, admitted 21 charges at Teesside Crown Court, including making and distributing indecent images.

The pictures showed children as young as four in distress while being abused.

Littleboy, who had left the police at the time of the offences, was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

He admitted 11 counts of making indecent images of children, four counts of distributing indecent images of children, five counts of possessing extreme pornographic images and one count of possessing 3,889 indecent photographs of children.

Other paedophiles

He was arrested in February 2010 following an investigation by CEOP, the online child protection organisation.

Over six years until 2010, Littleboy downloaded images of child abuse from the internet and engaged in discussions with other paedophiles, the court heard.

In one conversation read out by the prosecution, Littleboy discussed sexually abusing a baby.

Police also discovered video pictures of acts of bestiality carried out at his property and filmed by Littleboy.

Littleboy is a former director of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which organises the Great Yorkshire Show.

He was a police officer with North Yorkshire Police in the 1980s.

A police spokesman said: "None of the offences occurred while he was employed by the force."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites