Former council employee sentenced for offences relating to child abuse images


A Hertford man who previously worked as Head of Legal Services for Hertfordshire County Council has been sentenced for offences relating to child abuse images.

Andrew Laycock (59) of Mandeville Road, Hertford, had pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possession of more than 5,700 indecent images. He was sentenced yesterday (19/4) at St Albans Crown Court, to six months in prison, suspended for two years.

Laycock also received a two years supervision order, and a condition that he attends an internet sex offenders' treatment programme. He must register as a sex offender for seven years and was ordered to pay £1,600 in costs. Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Bright QC, said: 'You built your reputation up as a lawyer and have rightly lost it as a result of what you were secretly doing.'

CPS prosecutor, Robbie Weber, said: 'Mr Laycock realised how strong the evidence was against him and admitted his crimes in court. He has been back before the court where Judge Bright QC has sentenced him accordingly for his crimes. He also has to live with the humiliation of everyone knowing what he has done. The police and CPS will robustly investigate and prosecute anyone who commits crimes involving child abuse images.'

Investigating officer Detective Constable Archi Bagworth, based within the Hertfordshire Constabulary Paedophile Investigation Unit, said: 'I hope that this case sends out a clear message to anyone who possesses or is involved in the making indecent images of children; we have the technology to identify who you are and track you down.'