North Somerset paedophile sentenced to 10 years


Alan Potbury was today sentenced to a total of 10 years' imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court.

Potbury, 38, from Weston-super-Mare, pleaded guilty to the following charges last month:

  • Eight counts of assault by penetration of a child under 13
  • Eight counts of sexual assault of a child under 13
  • 12 counts of taking indecent photographs of a child
  • 11 counts of making indecent photographs of a child

These offences took place between March 2003 and June 2010.

Crown Advocate James Ward said: "Alan Potbury admitted a number of extremely serious offences.

"This was a gross breach of trust involving the abuse of two very young girls. He photographed or filmed himself as he committed this abuse.

"He also downloaded almost 200,000 indecent images and movies of children, including a significant number of the most serious type.

"We worked closely with Avon and Somerset constabulary from a very early stage to ensure a successful prosecution. We reviewed an enormous amount of evidence and it is testament to the hard work of the whole prosecution team that when presented with that evidence Alan Potbury had no choice but to plead guilty.

"We take crimes of this nature very seriously and will prosecute wherever there is sufficient evidence to do so. The courts decision today shows that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated by the justice system and offenders will be brought to justice."