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Former Sefton councillor dissapointed by CPS’s decision not charge man with sexual offences

A FORMER Waterloo councillor has criticised the decision not to prosecute a man linked to a laptop containing child pornography.

Jack Colbert, who unwittingly bought the computer at a Bootle market, handed it in to Copy Lane police station after discovering indecent images on it.

Officers arrested a 50-year-old Crosby man on suspicion of an offence under the Sexual Offences Act.

Mr Colbert is now furious after being informed by the police that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to charge the man.

He said: "This was a shambles from the day I walked in to Copy Lane. I received no response from the police. When I phoned them they did not know what I was talking about. I had to contact a councillor who sat on the police authority to move the matter forwards. Now I have been told that there will not be a prosecution.

"The pornography on the laptop was so grotesque I had to receive counselling. It showed images of children being abused and tortured."

Mr Colbert found the experience particularly upsetting because he was a victim of a serious sexual assault as an eight-year-old boy.

He added: "This experience has brought some painful memories back. The man who owned the laptop is now free to get on with his life and mix with children and young people in Crosby."

The former Liberal Democrat councillor paid £60 for the laptop at Bootle’s Stanley Road market in July 2011.

A spokesman for the CPS said that the case was not continued due to a lack of evidence.

Sefton area commander Ch Supt Nikki Holland said: “Following the complaint, the laptop was seized and an investigation was carried out resulting in the execution of a warrant and the arrest of a 50-year-old man from Crosby. A file of evidence was submitted to the CPS, who made the decision that no further action would be taken. Following an initial delay in contact, our officers have done all they can to keep the gentleman informed of the situation and we are disappointed to hear that he is unhappy with the service he has received.I would like to reassure him that the force takes all allegations of this nature extremely seriously and the laptop was securely stored at a police station until it was examined by the High-Tech Crime Unit.”

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