June 2022

Pervert caught with more than 2,800 vile child sexual abuse images

A pervert is facing jail after being caught with more than 2,800 vile child sexual abuse images.

Neil Roberts amassed his sick collection, which included one photo in the most serious category, over an eight-year period between 2010 and 2018.

The 50-year-old’s sordid secret was discovered by police in 2018.
Roberts, of Warrington Road, in Fawdon, Newcastle, appeared at the city’s magistrates’ court to plead guilty to two counts of making an indecent image of a child and one of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

Adjourning the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, chairing magistrate, Stephen Cape, said: “We’re dealing with offences, one very serious involving category A images, and other C images but multiple images.

We have decided to keep the case in the magistrates’ court but it’s just on the cusp of going to the crown court.

“However, we have the option of committing it to the crown court after a pre-sentence report has been prepared. The report will be in the custody bracket.”

Roberts was released on unconditional bail to next appear before the same court on June 22.

In the meantime, he must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register