Police found 4,000 images of children on laptops after raid at Lowestoft caravan park, court hears

Ipswich Crown Court. Archant Library.

Ipswich Crown Court. Archant Library. - Credit: Archant

Police who raided a caravan occupied by a holiday park worker in Suffolk found more than 4,000 images of children on two laptops, a court has heard.

The indecent images included more than 4,700 in the lowest level C category but there were also more than 100 still and moving images in the highest level A category and 135 in category B, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Before the court was Michael Brewis, 29, who was living in a caravan at Broadland Sands, Lowestoft, who pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children, one offence of possessing extreme pornographic images and one offence of possessing prohibited images of children.

He was given a ten month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to attend a 60 day sex offenders' treatment programme.

He was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and to attend a 30 day rehabilitation activity requirement.

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Judge Rupert Overbury also made Brewis the subject of a ten year sexual harm prevention order and ordered him to sign the sex offenders' register for the same period.

Sentencing Brewis the judge said he told the probation service he had tried to do something about viewing indecent images of children but to no avail.

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Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said police officers went to Brewis's caravan on September 28 and seized two laptops.

He said that when the computer equipment was examined police experts found more than 4,700 images including some of very young children.

Carina Clare for Brewis said her client, who has no previous convictions, was petrified of going to prison and was disgusted with himself for viewing the images.

She said that while working in the entertainment section at the holiday park in Lowestoft he could have come into contact with children but he had mainly been involved with the nightclub and bars at the site.

She said Brewis had started viewing indecent images while he was a child and had continued as he had grown older.

'He knows it's wrong. He is disgusted with himself and wants to access as much help as possible,' said Miss Clare.

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