Police raid in Peebles finds indecent images of children on laptop

A sheriff has placed a man on the Sex Offenders Register after more than 1,000 indecent images of children were found on his computer.

Mark Hendron of Kittlegairy Road in Peebles admitted possessing the images between June 2007 and June last year when he appeared on indictment at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday,

Social workers will now prepare background reports and the 37-year-old is due to be sentenced on April 14.

Prosecutor Tessa Bradley told the court: “Intelligence was received by police in June 2013 that someone accessing the internet through a connection at the address had been accessing indecent images of child abuse.”

A search warrant was issued and police attended at his home at 8.50am on June 11 and a laptop and external harddrive were seized.

Ms Bradley went on: “In excess of 1,000 images of children were recovered, and also search terms indicative of actually looking for images of children.

“A number of images were found in the recycle bin, indicating he had tried to delete them.

“He confirmed he owned the laptop and said he came across these images while searching the internet for adult pornography.”

The majority of the images, the court heard, depicted pornographic posing with no sexual activity.

Hendron is on bail and his solicitor will make his plea in mitigation at next month’s sentencing hearing.