Man jailed for possession of more than two million indecent images and hoard of firearms
A pensioner found with two million indecent images of children and a stash of illegal firearms hidden in an underground bunker has today (11 March) been sentenced to almost 13 years in prison.
Geoffrey Crossland, 70, pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of indecent images of children, one charge of filming an indecent image of a young girl, and 11 firearms offences at York Crown Court.
Police raided Crossland’s home in October last year and seized a large number of computers and other digital devices. More than two million indecent images of children were found on the devices, which is understood to be one of the largest hoards of indecent images ever discovered in England and Wales.
Approximately 34,000 of these images were of the most serious category of offence used to classify indecent images of children. In addition, Crossland was in possession of 800 images classified as ‘extreme’ pornography.
During the raid, officers also found a number of cargo containers which had been sunk into the ground beneath outbuildings to form a series of underground bunkers. The containers were used by Crossland to hide six prohibited firearms, one unlicensed shotgun, two unlicensed firearms, a quantity of prohibited lethal expanding bullets and numerous boxes of unlicensed ammunition.
Julian Briggs, from the CPS, said: “The CPS worked closely with North Yorkshire Police from the start of this large, complex and fast-moving operation.
“The sheer quantity and nature of the images discovered is deeply shocking, and without parallel in North Yorkshire. It is one of the largest hoards of such material ever discovered in England and Wales.
“That alone would make this case extraordinary and troubling. But the subsequent discovery of prohibited firearms and ammunition, concealed in underground bunkers at Crossland’s home clearly shows that this defendant is a highly dangerous individual.
"The sentence handed down today indicates the severity of Crossland’s offending.”
Notes to editors
- Julian Briggs is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit in CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
- Geoffrey Crossland, of North Yorkshire, [DOB: 05/08/1948) pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of indecent images of children, one charge of filming an indecent image of a young girl, and 11 firearms offences
- He was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison, and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.