Leeds milkman had 3,000 child porn pictures

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A MILKman had more than 3,000 pornographic images of children on computers at his home after it was searched by police, a court heard.

Ian Wright was arrested at his home in Leeds in April last year following an investigation by police in Gloucester after a legitimate website had been hacked into and illegal images were made available to download.

Officers were able to identify Wright as one of those who had accessed the website.

Police searched his home on Burr Tree Drive, Colton, and seized two computers.

Analysis showed they contained 3,567 indecent images of children.

A total of 181 were at category A - the most serious level of offending.

Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said most of the images featured girls of primary school age but one was of a seven-week old baby being abused.

Other images featured animals being abused sexually.

The investigation also showed Wright had made specific internet searches for illegal images.

Some of the images had been accessed as far back as 2007.

Wright, 48, was interviewed and made full admissions about his offending.

He told officers he lived alone and had searched for the images as he had an “addictive personality”.

He also admitted that he had gained sexual gratification from the images.

Wright pleaded guilty to 20 offences of making indecent images of a child. Phillip Goldberg, mitigating, said his client had co-operated with the police investigation as soon as he was arrested and pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity.

Mr Goldberg said Wright lived a solitary live and worked as a milk man.

The lawyer urged judge Sally Cahill, QC, to impose a community-based punishment so Wright could received treatment for his offending.

Wright was made the subject of a three-year order, during which he must attend a sex offenders treatment programme.

He was also ordered to go on the sex offenders register for five years. Judge Cahill said: “The children involved in these activities - one shudders to think how they must feel.

“They are of an age where they should not be exposed to the kind of activities that they were exposed to.

“You must accept responsibility for that.”

“What concerns me however, is not simply punishing you, but also seeking to protect society in the long term.

“There is only one way I can do that and that is to ensure you seek the appropriate work to ensure you no not engage in this behaviour again.”

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