By Elle Gray-Thynne.

A police raid on a Sunderland mans home turned up 300,000 indecent photos and videos of children.A device belonging to Alan Passmore showed babies and youngsters aged 16 and under, some clearly in distress.

Passmore of Pennycross Road, Pennywell, was charged with five offences including making 322 indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child at the most serious category A level and one of extreme pornography.

The collection of material was so large that it was out of bounds of the police to log and file every image.The magistrates court heard Passmore, 50. Was also in possession of 205 images at category B and 1,726 images at category C. Niamh Reading added: “On March 17, 2020, a search warrant was executed and devices were seized from the defendant’s address. Both were found to contain indecent images. There were 300,000 images of children, many not categorized by the police.

“There are aggravating features of images of children and a number are moving images. The ages of the children are from zero to 15, and many of the images and videos show children in distress.” Passmore admitted possession of an extreme pornographic image portraying sexual act with an animal along side pleading guilty to three charges of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child and one of possession of a prohibited image of a child.

Passmore will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday, February 22nd. Magistrates have ordered an all-options pre-sentence report to be compiled which suggests that he could be jailed. Passmore has been made subject to the notification requirements of the sex offenders register.

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