Broadbridge Heath man given suspended jail sentence for possesing indecent images of children

A Broadbridge Heath man has been given a suspended jail sentence for possessing indecent images of children.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 2:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 9:47 am

Police say that sales assistant Simon Dickens, 41, of Harding Lane, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on February 19 and was given an 18-month suspended sentence, having previously pleaded guilty to possessing a total of 291 indecent images of children.

Sussex Police say that Dickens will be a registered sex offender for 10 years, and was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, also for 10 years.

A spokesman said the prosecution followed an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophine Online Investigation Team.

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Meanwhile, Sussex Police say they are supporting a leading child protection charity which aims to combat a growing demand for sexual images of children online.

The force supports UK child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation which has launched a ‘Stop It Now!’ deterrence campaign. It has set up a confidential helpline - 0808 1000 900 - and website to help people address their online behaviour and stop looking at illegal images.