NSPCC reaction after former councillor jailed for viewing indecent images of children

Jailed: Peter Bird
Jailed: Peter Bird
  • NSPCC spokesman

A leading children’s charity has given its reaction after a former Crowland pillar of the community was jailed today (Friday) for downloading indecent images of children.

A spokesman for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said: “Each indecent image is a crime scene which depicts innocent children suffering the most horrific abuse.

Each indecent image is a crime scene which depicts innocent children suffering the most horrific abuse

Judge Michael Heath

“By downloading this material, Bird was fuelling the demand for this gutter industry – potentially leading to more victims being harmed.

“To help tackle this vile trade, the NSPCC is calling on internet companies and authorities to help cut off supply and remove this content by sharing their information, expertise and resources effectively.”

• Anyone concerned about a child can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 8005000, while children and young people can contact Childline for free and in confidence on 0800 1111 or via www.childline.org.uk.

FRIDAY, 11.48AM: Former councillor jailed after admitting viewing indecent images of children

A former Crowland parish councillor who admitted viewing indecent images of children was today (Friday) jailed for eight months. Peter Bird (72) was caught after police executed a search warrant at his Crowland home in October.

Lincoln Crown Court heard officers attended at the property after receiving information that an IP address belonging to Bird had downloaded a category B indecent image of a child.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said when police attended at the address Bird immediately admitted: “I know why you’re here.”

Officers seized various computer equipment and memory sticks belonging to Bird. They were analysed and found to contain 52 indecent images in the most serious category of A, 109 category B images and 432 category C images.

During police interview, Bird admitted being on a site and moving images from a memory stick on to his computer to view.

Bird had been a councillor in Crowland for four years but following his arrest felt the need to resign his post along with other community roles including Crowland in Bloom.

The court heard Bird was also recently assaulted outside his local pub and was now planning to move away from Crowland with his wife.

Bird, of East Street, Crowland, admitted making category A indecent images between January and October 2015, and making category B and C images between 2013 and 2016.

He must also register as a sex offender for ten years and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Heath told him: “You are an intelligent man. You served as a parish councillor for a number of years and you served as a special constable for 20 years.

“But over a period you became involved in the viewing of indecent photographs of children.”

The judge added: “Real children are abused in the manufacture of this material.”