North Wales children’s entertainer jailed

29/01/2015

A Conwy man who pleaded guilty to 20 charges including the making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children; possession of extreme images and supply of a Class A drug has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Mark Whincup, well-known as a children's entertainer in the area, was also required to remain on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

 

Gareth Preston, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, said:

"Mark Whincup has been sentenced for offences that the vast majority of people will find totally unacceptable. It is right that he has been held to account in court for his actions.

"As a children's entertainer, Whincup was well aware of issues relating to the safety and protection of children and young people, so his offences represent a particularly unpleasant breach of trust.

"Whilst we do not believe that any of the indecent material found in Whincup's possession relates to his work in North Wales, these are images representing the sexual exploitation of young and often extremely vulnerable children. They represent real children and real victims of abuse. Those who have such images in their possession are, directly or indirectly, supporting the continuation of this abuse.

"The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to ensuring that those who seek to exploit children in this way are brought to justice."