Warning for ‘net perverts

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Police have sent out a warning to criminals who download sick videos of rape and child abuse after a man was caught with hundreds of vile films on his computer.

PC Steve Higgs, of Blackpool Police, led the investigation into Nigel Norton, of Powell Avenue, Marton, who was jailed for 16 months for accessing indecent films.

One of the films found on his computer ended with an image of a dead child.

He said: “People who watch these sort of videos seem to be under the impression it is not child abuse.

“But somewhere in the world a child is getting abused for their satisfaction.

“If people are watching these horrendous images and videos, it is not a cyber-crime – it’s abuse.”

Norton, 34, was arrested after police raided his home and seized his computer and mobile phones.

They found more than 1,500 indecent images – still and moving – including films that showed a woman being raped.

Another film showed an adult female with a very young child and in the end showed an image of a dead child.

PC Higgs added: “Some very grim videos were recovered from his property – the judge described them as ‘abhorrent’.

“His arrest followed an intelligence-led operation last year.”

Norton was sentenced to 16 months behind bars after pleading guilty to 12 charges – six of making indecent images of children, three of possessing indecent images, plus three other offences of possessing an extreme pornographic image – at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

The court heard he had obsessive behaviour that meant he felt compelled to download the videos.

Neil Fraser Gunn, defending, said there was no suggestion of any of the material being distributed.

PC Higgs said: “This (sentence) sends a very positive message to people that are behaving in such a manner.”

Sentencing, Judge Stuart Baker said: “The children were not cartoon images. They were real children subjected to appalling abuse”

As part of his sentence, Norton will be on the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years and subject to a sexual offences prevention order indefinitely.