Ex-fire­fighter had thou­sands of sick im­ages

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

A FOR­MER re­tained fire­fighter from Ald­ing­ton has pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing more than 9,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, some of them of the most se­ri­ous na­ture.

Thirty-five-year-old Llewe­lyn Ge­orge Buck­land, of Ce­lak Close, Ald­ing­ton, ap­peared be­fore Maid­stone Crown Court on Mon­day and was sen­tenced to two years im­pris­on­ment.

He pleaded guilty to mak­ing and pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren on Novem­ber 17.

Fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into peo­ple buy­ing child abuse im­ages car­ried out by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, in­for­ma­tion was passed to Kent Po­lice who car­ried out fur­ther in­quiries into Buck­land.

Of­fi­cers quickly es­tab­lished Buck­land had in his pos­ses­sion more than 9,335 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren rang­ing from level 1 to level 5 – level 5 be­ing the most se­ri­ous.

Sick­en­ing col­lec­tion

Det Supt Paul Fotheringham, head of Kent Po­lice’s pub­lic pro­tec­tion unit, said: “He has com­piled a sick­en­ing col­lec­tion of im­ages of chil­dren suf­fer­ing real abuse.”

Buck­land had 5,115 level 1 pic­tures; 1,191 of level 2; 1,666 of level 3; 1,310 of level 4; and 53 of the most se­ri­ous na­ture – level 5.

The court heard how Buck­land has con­tin­ued to view in­de­cent im­ages while on bail.

Det Con James Traynor said: “I’m pleased this has been re­flected in his sen­tenc­ing.”

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice treats the con­duct of its staff very se­ri­ously and, fol­low­ing a Kent Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prior to the court case, Mr Buck­land re­signed from the ser­vice.”

Det Supt Fotheringham added: “I’m pleased that Kent Po­lice’s pub­lic pro­tec­tion unit has once again re­moved a se­ri­ous of­fender from Kent’s com­mu­nity and put him be­fore the courts to re­ceive just pu­n­ish­ment.”

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