Weston man admits to possessing indecent images of children on laptop

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 September 2018

Vernon Lane was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Vernon Lane was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary


A Weston-super-Mare man has suffered ‘an appalling fall from grace’ after admitting to possessing indecent images of children.

Vernon Lane, of Hill View Road, was charged with three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child.

The images were classified as category A, B and C but Lane was only charged for the category A picture, which is deemed the most severe.

Lane was handed an eight-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Bristol Crown Court on August 23.

He was not given a supporting penalty for making the category B and C images.

The court was told Lane, age 76, downloaded the three images earlier this year, and once his laptop was seized police found an extensive internet search history for similar images which dated back to 2016.

His defence team said it had been a ‘distressing’ time for Lane, after his crimes came to light.

All of Lane’s future online activity will be monitored by the police and search restrictions will be put in place.

Lane will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the next 10 years to ensure his behaviour does not transgress. He will sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years and will have to undertake 45 days of rehabilitation as part of a community order.

A barring order for safeguarding reasons will also be in place against him.

George Threlfell, defending, said: “I think he has learnt his lesson, he has been very shocked and has had some difficulty coming to terms with what has happened.

“The process of being discovered and interviewed by police has been very distressing.”

Judge Martin Picton added: “The numbers are not enormous but it is apparent from context that this has been something you have searched for in recent years.

“The images are of real victims and children suffering harm and to take pleasure in that is a terrible thing.

“You will work with the appropriate services to educate yourself as there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”

The judge deemed Lane to be of ‘good character’ and someone who has suffered ‘an appalling fall from grace’.

Lane had worked as a clerk at Airbus UK in Filton for 15 years, mainly based on the A380 project.

He was also ordered to pay £100 in prosecution charges.

More from Weston Mercury

Plans to extend Weston’s conservation area – and open it up to receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of grants – has been given the green light.

Read more

Father Christmas is checking in on his elves this festive season at his South West Workshop in Cheddar.

Read more

With less than two weeks to go until the big day, Westonians will not have to travel far to find festive cheer this weekend.

Read more

The eat:Festivals organisers are over the moon to be able to put on their first festive food event after relocating to the Sovereign Centre.

Read more

A sing-along screening of 2017’s smash hit The Greatest Showman will take place at Bristol Hippodrome.

Read more

A stunning display of more than 100,000 twinkling lights in a Burnham cul-de-sac has raised more than £1,000 for local charities, in just its opening week.

Read more

Organisations in North Somerset have walked away with accolades at a travel awards ceremony.

Read more

Weston dog walkers started a clean-up group after their park became overrun with dog poo.

Read more

A Weston mother has been sentenced to seven years in prison after launching a brutal attack on her own baby.

Read more

Hornets’ poor league form continued with a heavy defeat at the hands of St Ives.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 3°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists