Seaburn man to be sentenced over having indecent images of children as young as three

A Seaburn man is to be sentenced after pleading guilty to having indecent images of children.

Alan Burdon, who previously lived in Whitburn but now lives in Rosedale Avenue, South Bents, was raided by police who found him in possession of 18 images of indecent children, with some as young as three.

The defendant refused to answer police questions when arrested but confessed the photographs or pseudo-photographs were his during a second interview.

Mrs Foster said Burdon had suffered from alcoholism and claimed not to recall making the images on dates between December 18, 2014, and September 25, 2021.

Burdon pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

Magistrates told him their sentencing powers did not match the seriousness of his crimes and sent him to be dealt with by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court.

They also placed him on the sex offender register, with the time he is subject to its requirements being determined by the higher court when sentenced on Monday, December 18.

Mrs Foster said: “He was arrested as a result of intelligence received about a Skype account linked to indecent images of children.

“Officers attended his home address. A laptop and an iPhone were recovered. He gave a no reply interview. The images were recovered on the laptop.

“He was subsequently interviewed and fully admitted but said he did not remember obtaining the images.”

Mrs Foster said Burdon did then accept he must have been responsible for the images being on the device.

She added: “There are indications that he did, in the past, suffer from alcoholism.”

He will be sentenced at the Crown Court.