Ipswich: Angry reaction after paedophile from Ipswich is spared jail

ipswich: An angry reaction has been provoked after a paedophile was spared jail and banned from accessing pornography on his computer.

David Davenport, of Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, was found with more than 180 indecent images of children.

The 54-year-old admitted two counts of making indecent images of children at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court and was handed a six-month prison sentence which was suspended for two years. He was also banned from accessing pornography on the internet for a period of two years

Chantry mum, Victoria Edwards, said she was “horrified” to read of Davenport’s “low punishment”.

The 35-year-old said: “I am disgusted that this man has received such a low punishment.

“I am a mother-of-five and feel very concerned for my children with this man on our doorstep.

“What is the world coming to? You are more likely to get harsher punishment for stealing from a shop.”

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Condemning the sentence Fiona Ellis, of Survivors in Transition (SiT), a support group for adults who were sexually abused in childhood, said: “We believe that an internet ban and a suspended sentence in this case is a blatant disregard for the children who will have been affected in the making of these indecent images.

“We work with men and women who have been used in the making of indecent images in their childhood and this type of crime has imposed a devastating lifetime sentence upon them. The law needs to address the impact that this criminal activity can have on the victims being repeatedly re-abused throughout their lives.” To find out more about SiT visit www.survivorsintransition.co.uk or call 07765 052282.