A Boston man who amassed a collection of thousand of illegal images after becoming addicted to downloading child abuse images was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

Howard Angel was arrested after police raided his home and took away a laptop computer.

Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said that the following day Angel went to Grantham Police Station and confessed.

“He said he had been stupid. He was interviewed. He was relatively frank. He said he wanted help.

“He said ‘I shouldn’t have done it but I did’. He said he became addicted and hooked on it.”

Mr Stanford said that later Angel’s then wife handed police a second laptop which she found in the attic.

When police examined the two laptops they found that Angel had been accessing child abuse images for nine years.

A total of 16,944 illegal images of children were on the devices including 2,641 in the most serious category.

Angel, 59, of Wyberton West Road, Boston, admitted three charges of making indecent images of children between March 2010 and May 2019.

He was jailed for 10 months and given a 15 year sexual harm prevention order. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Recorder Charles Falk, passing sentence, told him: “What tips the balance here is the length of time you have been offending which is nine years.

“That and the fact that this is a very large collection makes this a case that is so serious that only immediate custody can be justified.”

Michael Cranmer-Brown, in mitigation, said that Angel had lost everything as a result of what he did.

“When this came to light his world was turned upside down. He had been in a marriage for over 20 years. He has children. He has effectively been rejected by them all.

“He has been kicked out of his family home and he is now divorced from his wife. In addition he has suffered the loss of his job. Having disclosed to his employer about his conviction he has been sacked.”

Mr Cranmer-Brown said that since his arrest Angel has sought help and urged that he should not receive an immediate prison sentence.

Two slaughtered sheep have been found at a farm in Louth with police investigating a potential illegal butchery.

The animals’ heads and feet were found at Highfield Farm, Cadwell, Louth at around 7.30am on Thursday, March 4.

The carcasses of the sheep were taken, with the head and feet left behind, and police are trying to find those responsible.

It is believed to have happened at some point overnight on Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday morning.

Sgt James Perring, one of Lincolnshire Police’s Rural, Wildlife and Heritage Crime Officers, said: “This type of crime causes a major impact on the victim, but can also have an impact on the wider community.

“We will not tolerate this sort of criminal behaviour and we are determined to root out those responsible.

“Illegal butchery is a serious offence. Not only are there risks in consuming meat when it isn’t from a reputable source, but illegal butchery can also cause unnecessary suffering to the animal.”

Officers are appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious, or anyone who may have been offered meat for sale in the area.

If you can assist, call 101 or email [email protected] and quote incident 47 of March 4.

A man was arrested for a drugs offence and multiple weapons were seized during a police operation across Lincolnshire railway stations this week.

British Transport Police worked with Lincolnshire Police to remove dangerous weapons from trains and at stations in the county.

Extra officer patrols were deployed to stations in Lincolnshire, including in Lincoln, Skegness, Sleaford and Boston.

Weapons were seized through the week including a Stanley knife and a knuckle duster.

Metal detection arches and police dogs also attended, as well as British Transport Police’s County Lines Taskforce, who are dedicated to tackling organised criminals using the railway to transport drugs.

A man was arrested at Boston railway station on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a drug of Class B. He was found in possession of a large quantity of cannabis.

The man has since been released under investigation.

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