22nd Apr, 2018

Ex-West Midlands Police officer handed suspended jail sentence

Sarah Mason 10th Jan, 2018

A FORMER West Midlands Police officer from Solihull has been handed a suspended jail sentence for making indecent photographs of children.

James Duffield, of Warwick Road, previously admitted three counts of making indecent images of children online between December 2013 and August 2017.

The 34-year-old was handed a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years at Birmingham Crown Court.

The former former response officer based in Birmingham was arrested at his home by specialist detectives from the force’s Online Child Exploitation Team as part of an intelligence-led policing operation in August 2017.

Duffield was dismissed without notice by West Midlands Police at a misconduct hearing in November.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “Each of the horrific images Duffield viewed is a crime scene, with children being subjected to the most appalling abuse.

“With every click on this sickening material, he has helped feed a digital industry in child abuse imagery and has also increased the demand for more innocent children to be abused.

“To fight this vile trade, the NSPCC is calling on technology companies, government and law enforcement agencies to stop child abuse images and videos from being published and ensure they are quickly removed when they do appear online.”

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