Sex offender targeted by vigilantes

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A pervert who admitted making and possessing indecent images of children had his home targeted by vigilantes.

Derek Curtis, 50, was forced to leave his home in Robin Street, Ribbleton, Preston, after having his windows broken, after news of his offences became known in the local area.

Curtis has now been handed a suspended prison sentence and is undertaking an internet sex offenders program after 250 indecent images were found on hard drives at his home.

Preston Crown Court heard officers from Lancashire Constabulary executed a warrant at Curtis’s home in June 2012.

Five pieces of computer equipment were seized and Curtis admitted he had been looking at indecent images he had found online.

The images were analysed and ranged from the most serious category A images to category C under a new classification system.

Some of the children were believed to be younger than 10 years old and there were 15 video clips.

Karen Brooks, prosecuting, told Preston Crown Court that upon his arrest, Curtis admitted the images were his.

Beverly Hackett, defending, said Curtis suffered ill-health and was prepared to address his offending by taking part in a program of rehabilitation.

She added he had been forced to move to another area of the city after the attack on his hom, adding: “He wants to put these matters behind him.”

Judge Michael Byrne handed Curtis a 10-month sentence suspended for two years and ordered him to sign on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

He also made him the subject of a sexual offenders prevention order (SOPO) for five years.