Ex-Red Arrows pilot who had stash of vile child abuse images escapes prison sentence
A former Red Arrows pilot has escaped a custodial sentence despite having a stash of vile child sexual abuse photographs and movies.
The MBE holder Andrew Lloyd, formerly known as Andrew Cubin, now of Wood Close, Windsor, Berkshire appeared at Swindon Crown Court today (30 May), having previously admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children – including 48 in the most serious category showing children being raped
During a 20-year career in the Royal Air Force, when he was known as Andy “Cubes” Cubin, he flew in the Red Arrows and flew fighter jets on 88 combat missions.
Prosecutor Robert Welling said police attended the 59-year-old’s previous address, in Kings Meadow, Crudwell, near Malmesbury, Wilts., in February last year following a tip-off about two indecent images being uploaded to the internet.
Officers seized a laptop and hard drive at his home and a forensic analysis revealed 48 Category A still and moving images, of boys and girls, were found – all of which involve children being raped
39 Category B still and moving images – which show non-penetrative sexual activity with a child – were discovered, and ten Category C images were also found.
Lloyd told police officers during a custody interview that he was searching for images of his 14-year-old daughter, who died in his arms in 2016.
He claimed that she had uploaded photographs of herself in her underwear at the request of a male online before her death.
But Mr Welling said his claims do not account for why he also collected indecent images of underage boys – not just girls and why the images had been kept in separate labelled folders on a hard drive.
Judge Cutler CBE said his crimes are a “very serious matter” and “rightly regarded as appalling and abhorrent in society”.
Describing his offending as “unique”, he imposed a 36-month community order in which Lloyd must complete a sexual offending programme and 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
The judge also imposed a five-year sexual harm prevention order. The prohibitions will be set at a later date, but will definitely include the requirement that Lloyd does not delete his internet search history. He said the order will “reassure the public”.
Paedophile ex-Red Arrows ace admits possessing indecent images of children
One of Britain’s most decorated pilots and a former Red Arrows ace has pleaded guilty to possessing nearly 100 indecent images of children.
Andrew Cubin MBE, 59, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court via videolink yesterday, which heard that he has since changed his name to Andrew Lloyd.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent images of a child – including 48 in the most serious category.
During a 20-year career in the Royal Air Force, when he was known as Andy ‘Cubes’ Cubin, he flew in the Red Arrows.
Prosecutor Keith Ballinger said Wiltshire Police launched an investigation after they received information relating to an IP address being used to upload images to the internet.
‘The IP address was found to belong to an address in Malmesbury’, he said.
‘Officers attended the address on February 17 last year and arrested Mr Lloyd.’
Mr Ballinger said the defendant told the officers ‘you can take my laptop, I used that’, before stating ‘I have removed all the images’.
Various items were seized from the property near Malmesbury, Wiltshire, including the laptop.
Forensic analysis revealed a number of indecent images of children – some were pictures and others were videos.
The court heard that 48 Category A images were found – all of which involve children engaging in penetrative sexual activity.
39 Category B images – which show non-penetrative sexual activity with a child – were discovered, and ten Category C images were also found.
Lloyd, now living in Windsor, Berkshire, was told that he must register as a sex offender at Bracknell Police Station within 72 hours.
Magistrates committed the case to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing on May 6. A pre-sentence report will also be prepared.
Lloyd, who was released on unconditional bail, flew in the Red Arrows as Red 6 leading the synchronised pairing.
Before qualifying as a fast jet instructor, he flew Jaguars and Hawks.
The pilot has boasted in the pastabout having completed more than 500 display flights across the UK, where after he would meet and greet the public.
Since leaving the RAF in 2002, he has worked for some of the world’s biggest airlines as a Captain, flying the Airbus A321, A320 and A319.