Cop’s 997 child porn pics stash

The People - - News Features - By John Kelly and Kim Pilling

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer who helped nail pae­dophiles was caught with 997 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Lee Vin­cent Kelly, 50, was due to get a com­men­da­tion for 19 years of out­stand­ing ser­vice when the stash was found at his home in 2016.

The hon­our was for on­go­ing work with un­der­cover cops in a child sex crimes unit and pre­vi­ous work tar­get­ing drug deal­ers and gangs.

It was with­drawn af­ter the Greater Manch­ester Po­lice of­fi­cer ad­mit­ted guilt – but de­nied the im­ages were for sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

This week, Kelly avoided jail af­ter his trial at Pre­ston crown court as Judge An­drew Wool­man said it would be “un­just” to cage him.

The judge told Kelly: “You

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