Man found with indecent photos of children must sign sex offenders’ register

Mark Ward, of Snape, admitted having indecent images of children during a hearing at Ipswich Crown C

Mark Ward, of Snape, admitted having indecent images of children during a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court Picture: GREGG BROWN

A Suffolk man who downloaded indecent photographs of children has been given a community order.

Police officers who went to Mark Ward’s home in Snape with a search warrant seized an external hard drive, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

When it was examined it was found to contain one indecent image of a child in the most serious level A category, two in category B and nine in the lowest level C category.

Ward, 56, of Gromford Lane, Snape, initially denied three offences of making indecent images of children on or before October 2 2017 and his trial was due to take this month.

However, today Ward changed his pleas to guilty and was given a two-year community order and a 50-day rehabilitation activity requirement.


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He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

The court heard the indecent images were created between 2009 and 2016.

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Ward told police he had in interest in women with small breasts and wouldn’t have downloaded images if he thought they were of females under 18.

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