June 2023

Former police officer exposed as paedophile

A former Humberside Police officer who engaged in sexual communication with a child and who had indecent images of a child and then refused to hand over his phone PIN to investigators has been jailed.

Richard Cammidge, 41, who was based in Bridlington, pleaded guilty to four charges on 10 May at Hull Crown Court.

On Friday, he was sentenced at the same court to 15 months’ imprisonment.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) labelled Cammidge’s actions “abhorrent”.

Cammidge, of Scarborough Road, Driffield, was found to have committed the crimes, via online platforms, between May 2018 and October 2021.

He was jailed after pleading guilty to making an indecent photograph of a child, failing to comply with a section 49 notice to disclose the key to protected information, engaging in sexual communication with a child and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

According to the IOPC, computers and an iPhone were seized as part of the investigation into Cammidge, however, he refused to provide the PIN for his phone, meaning it was not possible to access data contained on it.

Cammidge was also handed an eight-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140.