June 2022

Falmouth paedophile pensioner hid sick child rape collection from police

A paedophile pensioner continued to hide hundreds of images of children being raped and abused even after being caught a first time.

Alan Barclay, 86, didn’t tell visiting police officers about a computer tower he had hidden away so that the true extent of his sick collection was not known.

Barclay, of Penwick Road in Falmouth, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to three making indecent images of children charges and possession of an extreme pornographic image.

Prosecuting the case, Ed Bailey described how in 2021 at the same court Barclay was sentenced for having child abuse images and made subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

The order prohibited Barclay of having a device capable of accessing the internet without notifying police.

On March 26, Barclay’s offender manager visited his home to conduct a routine and unannounced interview. It was the fifth time Barclay had been visited, and on each occasion, the terms of the sexual harm prevention order were reiterated.

During the visit, officers carried out a search and found a computer tower hidden away.

Police searched it for indecent material and found 349 Category A images and videos showing children being raped or tortured. 

63 Category B images and videos and 126 Category C images and stills were also found.

Also included were images showing bestiality where humans were engaging in sexual intercourse with different types of animals

Sentencing Barclay, Judge Simon Carr said that chronology is crucial in this case. He said: “In April 2019, your property was searched and a large number of child abuse images were found. It took a while for the matter to be brought to court and you were sentenced in 2021.

“All this time you knew full well you had a substantial store of child abuse images police hadn’t found but decided to stay quiet and not tell them.” Judge Carr said this was so the court didn’t realise the true extent of Barclay’s offending, hidden on the device he hadn’t disclosed.

“I accept you say you didn’t view them between your first arrest and today but you kept them, you hid them and you lied to police.”

Barclay was jailed for 21 months.

June 2022

Judge not impressed as Falmouth paedophile begs to go home and see his wife

A paedophile’s plea to be bailed so that he can see his wife has been refused by a judge.

Pervert Alan Barclay, 86, appeared via video-link at Truro Crown Court from HMP Exeter on Tuesday.

Barclay, of Fenwick Road in Falmouth, has previously been convicted and sentenced for having disgusting pictures and videos of children being raped and abused.

Barclay was back before the same court that gave him a chance by sparing him prison last year and entered guilty pleas to five new charges.

Barclay pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of indecent images of children, spanning categories A, B and C, possessing an extreme pornographic image showing a person involved in sexual activity with an animal and breach of a sexual harm prevention order relating to Barclay having an electronic device without notifying the authorities.

In total Barclay admitted having 285 Category A videos and 64 images, 38 Category B videos and 25 stills, 14 Category C videos and 112 images.

An application for bail was made on Barclay’s behalf after his plea that he just wanted to see his wife and that he was finding prison life difficult, however Judge Robert Linford point blank refused the application saying that it was a certainty Barclay would reoffend.

He will be sentenced later this month.