Judd admits charges for child abuse images

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 June 2014

Philip Judd.

Philip Judd.

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A FORMER Weston mayor has admitted downloading and possessing hundreds of indecent images and movies of children.

Philip Judd, of Trenleigh Drive in Worle, faced Bristol Crown Court last Thursday to plead guilty to 12 charges relating to downloading and possessing child abuse images and video files.

The 59-year-old former Conservative councillor was charged with 11 counts of downloading indecent photographs of a child between September 2011 and May 2013, and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

The court was told 205 images and 156 movies were seized from his home.

During a hearing at North Somerset Courthouse last month the Crown Prosecution Service said the images and movies ranged from category one to five – five being the most severe and involving child sex abuse and rape.

Judd was appointed as a councillor in 2007 and became Weston’s mayor between 2010 and 2011.

As a councillor he covered the North Worle area, was a member of Weston Town Council and was appointed vice chairman of North Somerset Council in May last year, before he stepped down from all of these posts in June 2013.

During his time as Weston’s mayor he also launched the Heroes Welcome event in the town, along with members of the business community, which gave discounts to servicemen. He was also the lead organiser for Weston’s Armed Forces Day.

Judd has been released on bail and will return to Bristol Crown Court to be sentenced at a later date – which is yet to be decided.

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