July 2020

Paedophile found in possession of hundreds of child abuse images

A convicted paedophile caught in possession of hundreds of “sickening” child abuse images has been given a community order.

Paul Bond was arrested at his home in Shiremoor in December 2019 after officers from Northumbria Police’s paedophile online investigation team (Polit) became concerned he was in possession of indecent images of children.

When officers turned up at his property a number of undeclared devices were seized, some which enabled the 43-year-old to delete the download history of his device – breaching the terms and conditions of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) issued in September 2017.

An investigation was launched and officers discovered almost 300 images on the seized smart phones, along with specialist software which allowed him to cover his tracks.

Bond was charged with three counts of making indecent images and two breaches of his SHPO.

On Tuesday Bond, of Kirkland Walk, Shiremoor, was given a three-year community rehabilitation order and a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court. He will also be on the sex offenders register for five years.