THE number of Wigan people arrested for child porn offences has DOUBLED over the last two yearsq
Shocking data released under Freedom of Information rules reveals that last year 30 arrests were made for possessing indecent images of child or animals, compared with 14 in 2012.
Of those arrested last year, seven were charged and 13 cases are still being investigated. Two offenders were deceased, one person was issued a summons, one youth was given a conditional caution and one offence was deemed not in the public interest. Police records do not state the outcomes for the remaining five.
There were 10 arrests in 2014 for making pornographic images of infants or animals in 2014, which had risen from five in 2012. Last year, three people were charged, two cases still had decisions pending, two were released because of insufficient evidence and one adult was cautioned.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police added that some offenders had been arrested for more than one offence, meaning the number of crimes would be higher.
One high profile case was that of former Wigan Council In Bloom co-ordinator Damian Jenkinson, 28, of Liverpool Road, Platt Bridge, who was jailed earlier this year after 338 indecent images were found on his laptop, including the sexual abuse of a three-month-old baby. Of these, 165 were in the most serious category.
He had admitted three offences of possessing indecent images and nine of making such images and was jailed for 10 months, given a 10-year sexual offences prevention order, ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and had to pay a £100 surcharge.
Det Insp Mike Gladwin, from the Sexual Crime Unit, said: “Protecting vulnerable people is a priority for GMP and one of the areas we have been focussing our attention on is indecent images.
“There has been a national emphasis on this area of crime, with operations taking place across the UK as well as locally. This has led to an influx in intelligence coming into us and enabled us to identify culprits and bring them to justice.
“We realise however there are likely to be further victims and offenders out there, which we’ve not yet identified and the public is assured that we will not be resting our laurels.”