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Cheshire Police has secured its first conviction under new legislation against a man for possessing a paedophile manual.
Nicky Lloyd, of Ellesmere Port, was found in possession of two manuals, which contained graphic guidance on how to sexually abuse children without getting caught.
The 32-year-old had admitted the offence – along with a string of other sexual offences – at a previous hearing.
Now he has been handed a 26 month prison sentence, will be placed on the Sex Offenders’ register for 10 years and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.
Lloyd was arrested in June 2016,after a warrant was executed at an address on Straker Avenue, Ellesmere Port. The warrant was executed on the back of information, which was passed onto police about Lloyd’s online activity.
Officers carried out a thorough search of the property and seized a number of items, which were subject to detailed forensic examination.
This revealed that Lloyd was in possession of more than 24,000 indecent images of children, extreme pornographic images of animals, two paedophile manuals and an instructional chat log on how to sexually abuse children.
He was later charged with three counts of making indecent photographs/videos of a child, possessing prohibited images of a child, possessing extreme pornographic images of a live animal, possession of a paedophile manual and possession of a paedophile manual chat log.
Detective Constable Andy Kent said: “Lloyd is an individual who had a clear and dangerous interest in children. His offending escalated from image collecting, to obtaining advice on the ‘dark web’, through to getting hold of a paedophile manual – which provides graphic guidance and instruction on how to select, groom, gain the trust and then sexually abuse children without getting caught.
“The Constabulary has a dedicated team whose role is to trace, locate and bring to justice online paedophiles. Our team has worked tirelessly to ensure a detailed file of evidence was put before the court, which has resulted in a guilty plea from Lloyd and a custodial sentence.
“Our priority is to protect children from harm and to identify and bring to account those who seek to cause harm. I would like to acknowledge the work of the force’s Paedophile Unit – and the dedicated team of officers who work tirelessly in tackling this type of crime.”