Ten on internet child porn charges

A FATHER and his son were among ten men who appeared before Ipswich magistrates today charged with child porn offences.Computer consultant Michael Richards, 51, formerly of Hollesley, but now of Salehouse, Rackheath, Norfolk, is charged with 16 allegations of making indecent photographs of children under the age of 16.

A FATHER and his son were among ten men who appeared before Ipswich magistrates today charged with child porn offences.

Computer consultant Michael Richards, 51, formerly of Hollesley, but now of Salehouse, Rackheath, Norfolk, is charged with 16 allegations of making indecent photographs of children under the age of 16.

The offences were said to have taken place between 1999 and 2003.

His son Christopher Richards, 20, of the same address, is also accused of the same number of offences.

The offences are alleged to have taken place over a three-year period at their previous home in Rectory Road, Hollesley.

No plea was entered by either and both will return to the court on October 13. Both were released on unconditional bail.

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Also in court on internet child porn charges today was Richard Carter, director of Carter Haulage, which has offices in Felixstowe and Melton.

The 37-year-old is accused of six charges of making indecent photos of children between July 29, 1999 and May 29 this year.

Carter, of Sirdar Road, Ipswich, heard his case was to be adjourned to November 10. He was released on unconditional bail.

Also appearing for the first time today was Lawrence Hunt, 65, of Hilton Road, Martlesham Heath, charged with 15 counts of downloading child pornography between January 1, 2003 and July 1, 2003.

No formal pleas was entered and the case was adjourned for Hunt to return to South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on November 10.

Joshua Munday, 26, of Brunwyn Close, Bury St Edmunds is accused of three counts of making indecent pictures of children.

The 26-year-old entered a not guilty indication and the case was adjourned to November 13.

Richard Watson, 54, of Old Papermill Lane, Claydon was in court charged with 16 sample allegations of making indecent photographs of children.

The charges relate to between May 23, 1999 and June 17 this year, including 10 that are alleged to have happened at Hadleigh.

Watson entered an indication of not guilty and the case was adjourned to October 13. He was released on unconditional bail.

Hadleigh man Andrew Williams wis awaiting his fate for downloading child porn images after he was shopped by a friend.

Williams, of High Street, Hadleigh, admitted 16 counts of making indecent photographs of children over a three-year period.

Prosecutor David Taylor told South East Magistrate's Court the 31-year-old was rumbled after asking a friend to fix his computer. The friend alerted police, who analysed the computer equipment and found more than 2,000 images.

A large amount of these images were at level four –one of the highest levels of seriousness.

The case was adjourned to the crown court for sentence at a date to be notified.

Williams was ordered to sign an interim order under the sex offenders' register until that date. He was granted unconditional bail.

All charges have arisen from Suffolk police's Operation Queensbury, which is part of the nationwide internet police crackdown codenamed Operation Ore.

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