May 2022

Derbyshire police pervert jailed for 27 months

This is the face of a former Derbyshire police community support officer who secretly filmed children aged as young as three naked in the changing rooms of a local swimming pool.

Derby Crown Court heard how James Land had also been collecting vile child sexual abuse films and images for almost 20 years.

The 43-year-old, who worked in the cyber crime unit at Derbyshire police headquarters at Ripley, was found hiding knickers belonging to girls as young as 13 under his bed.

And as well as filming the children, the defendant also secretly videoed an adult woman engaged in sexual activity.

Jailing him for a total of 27 months, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “An aggravating feature was that you were carrying out this (indecent images) activty for 19 years. And it is quite plain you specifically targeted very young children (with the filming).

“You used your presence (in the changing rooms) to record young children and that has caused a great deal of distress for the families.”

As well as the jail term, Judge Shant handed him a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered him to be on the sex offender register, also for 10 years.

At the time he was arrested, in May last years, one of Land’s roles was to “engage with children who were suspected of committing low level computer misuse offences”.

As part of that role, which he held from 2017 until his arrest last year, was “involved in safeguarding advice to adults and was involved in providing talks to schools on online safety” his sentencing hearing was told.

The 43-year-old father-of-one, who was suspended by the force following his arrest, has since quit his role at force HQ in Ripley.

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said officers became aware that an internet address linked to Land had been accessing indecent image of children and so his then address in The Hill was raided.

She said from it were taken a number of electronic devices, including his police laptop.

The prosecutor said: “When the police downloaded and reviewed a hard drive, they located a number of images and a video of young children in various states of undress within a swimming pool changing room.

They were able to identify this as Queen’s Park Leisure Centre, in Chesterfield and the video was dated from 2015.

“The police then obtained records from the swimming lessons being held at the p

ool to allow them to identify some of the children involved. They were able to identify five of the children involved but two remain unidentified.

“This video was made in the changing area and without the knowledge of those filmed. It is four minutes 17 seconds long and the defendant also then made two screenshot images from the video.”

Miss Slater said police contacted the parents and guardians of those children they suspected might be in the video and they were all able to confirm they were. She said sexually-explicit images and videos were also found of an adult woman which were all taken and filmed without her consent.

The prosecutor said: “The indecent images show children as young as two or three, both females and male and some of them are visibly distressed in the photos.

There was also an image of him exposing his (private parts) while on Derbyshire Constabulary premises.”

Miss Slater read out two victim impacts statements made by parents of the children the defendant filmed.

One said: “To know he was a police officer in out community has thoroughly damaged our faith and trust of those who are expected to look after us and our children.”

Land, now of, Abergele, Conwy, in North Wales Land pleaded guilty to counts of voyeurism and to possessing 365 indecent images of the most serious category A between October 24, 2012 and May 20 last year.

They typically show adults raping and sexually abusing children.

He admitted to possessing 262 category B and 686 category C. He also pleaded guilty to possession of 179 prohibited images of children.

May 2022

Pervert Derbyshire police officer had teen girls’ knickers under his bed

A former Derbyshire police community support officer had teenage girls knickers under his bed, filmed children naked in the changing rooms of a swimming pool and had sick child abuse images on his police work laptop.

Derby Crown Court heard how the videos of the youngsters were found when Derbyshire police seized and examined electronic devices belonging to James Land. 

Also taken in the raid was a bag of female underwear ranging from adult size down to the age of 13.

Land, a father of one, has seen his marriage break down as a result of his conviction. The court heard that he no longer has contact with his son.

At the time he was living in Cromford, in the Derbyshire Peak District, and was working for the force’s cyber crime unit where one of his roles was to “engage with children who were suspected of committing low level computer misuse offences”.

As part of that role, which he held from 2017 until his arrest last year, was “involved in safeguarding advice to adults and was involved in providing talks to schools on online safety” his sentencing hearing was told.

The 43-year-old father-of-one, who was suspended by the force following his arrest, has since quit his role at force headquarters in Ripley.

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said officers became aware that an internet address linked to Land had been accessing indecent images of children and so his then address in The Hill was raided. She said from it were taken a number of electronic devices, including his police laptop.

The prosecutor said: “When the police downloaded and reviewed a hard drive, they located a number of images and a video of young children in various states of undress within a swimming pool changing room. They were able to identify this as Queen’s Park Leisure Centre, in Chesterfield, in 2015.

“The police then obtained records from the swimming lessons being held at the pool to allow them to identify some of the children involved. They were able to identify five of the children involved but two remain unidentified.

“This video was made in the changing area and without the knowledge of those filmed. It is four minutes 17 seconds long and the defendant also then made two screenshot images from the video.”

Miss Slater said police contacted the parents and guardians of those children they suspected might be in the video and they were all able to confirm they were. She said sexually explicit images and videos were also found of an adult woman which were all taken and filmed without her consent.

The prosecutor said: “The indecent images show children as young as two or three, both females and male and some of them are visibly distressed in the photos. There was also an image of him exposing his (private parts) while on Derbyshire Constabulary premises.”

Miss Slater read out two victim impacts statements made by parents of the children the defendant filmed.

One said: “To know he was a police officer in out community has thoroughly damaged our faith and trust of those who are expected to look after us and our children.”

Land, now of, Abergele, Conwy, in North Wales, pleaded guilty to counts of voyeurism and to possessing 365 indecent images of the most serious category A between October 24, 2012, and May 20 last year. They typically show adults raping children.

He admitted to possessing 262 category B and 686 category C.

He further pleaded guilty to possession of 179 prohibited images of children.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of an unspecified number of extreme pornographic images which show adults engaged in sexual activity with animals.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC will sentence Land later this afternoon.

April 2022

Pervert former Derbyshire police officer admits filming naked children at swimming pool

A former Derbyshire police officer has admitted making indecent images of children.

James Land, 43 appeared at Derby Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images, one count of possessing extreme images and six counts of voyeurism.

He admitted filming children naked in the changing rooms of a swimming pool and possessing more than 1,000 sick child abuse images

He was immediately suspended from duty while the investigation was carried out and resigned from the force earlier this month.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on Monday, May 23

It was reported that Land worked in the cybercrime unit at Ripley Police HQ.

Handing Land, of Abergele, Conwy, bail and adjourning the sentencing hearing until May 23, Judge Shaun Smith said: “The fact that I am giving you bail and asking for a (pre-sentence) report does not, in any way, indicate what the outcome will be.

Custody is very much at the forefront of the mind of the court and you will now be subject to the (sex offender) notification requirements. The report I am ordering will asses what risk, if any, you pose to the public and this does not mean you won’t be going to prison.”

Land pleaded guilty to five counts of voyeurism relating to the photographs he took of five children at the Derbyshire swimming pool, all on September 19, 2015.

The defendant also admitted another count of voyeurism in relation to an adult victim between January 2014 and May 20 last year.

He pleaded guilty to possessing 365 indecent images of the most serious category A between October 24, 2012 and May 20 last year. They typically show adults raping children.

He admitted to possessing 262 category B and 686 category C images.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of an unspecified number of extreme pornographic images which show adults engaged in sexual activity with animals.