June 2023

Ex-police officer jailed for sending sexually explicit messages to children

An ex-police officer has been sentenced to 32 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to three counts of possessing indecent photographs of children and one count of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Murray Weir, 27, an ex-police constable for Essex Police used an online messaging app to communicate with children as young as 12.

He engaged in sexually explicit conversations with them and groomed his victims in an attempt to obtain photographs and meet with them.

After executing a search warrant at his home address, police uncovered hundreds of indecent images of children stored on his phone.

The sexually explicit messages, which are said to amount to around 350 pages, allegedly included sexually explicit photographs.

He initially denied all charges but on the morning of the trial at Isleworth Crown Court changed his plea to one of guilty.

He gave his address as a camping and caravan site near Lingfield, Surrey

He was sentenced on 20 June 2023 at Croydon Crown Court where he was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made preventing Weir from contacting any child under the age of 18 indefinitely.