Prison warning over images

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A BLACKPOOL man has admitted a string of charges relating to indecent images of children – and been warned by a judge he faces being sent to jail.

Mark Holt, 51, of Boothley Road, pleaded guilty to 29 counts of making and possessing indecent images of children when he appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

The charges relate to images and video clips and cover dates in 2003 to 2011.

The case concerns more than 2,000 images in all, some at level four – one of the higher categories of seriousness.

Julie Taylor, defending, said the court would be helped by a pre-sentence report being compiled on Holt by the probation service, before sentencing takes place.

She added: “He has acknowledged in his interview with the police that he has a problem. He is ready to take steps to work towards that.”

The defendant was remanded on bail to February 1 for sentencing.

Judge Pamela Badley told him: “In order to look at all the information before passing sentence, the court will order a pre-sentence report from the probation service.

“You must not be misled that this is any suggestion it will be a non-custodial sentence. It is a question of length of sentence.”

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