Louth

A pervert who set up a covert camera to film female victims was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

Mark Clapson also downloaded thousands of indecent images of children from the internet.

Luc Chignell, prosecuting, said that Clapson was arrested after police received information and as a result searched his home.

Over 30,000 indecent images of children were found on devices belonging to Clapson.

Mr Chignall said “There were indecent images of children on several devices. In addition to that officers found images which it is clear the defendant was responsible for taking using a hidden camera.

“It is clear that on his own admission he has a sexual interest in children and acted upon it in these ways.”

Clapson, 39, of Cawkwell, near Louth, admitted three charges of voyeurism and three charges of producing indecent images of children.

He also admitted three charges of making indecent images of children involving a total of 31,213 images and further admitted possession of 24 extreme pornographic images.

Clapson was jailed for two years and nine months. He was placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely and given a life long sexual harm prevention order.

The devices he used to access the illegal images were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.

Judge John Pini QC told Clapson that the lives of the victims who had been secretly filmed have been shattered.

“This has had an absolutely devastating effect,” said the judge.

David Eager, in mitigation, said that Clapson admitted to having a sexual interest in children and since his arrest has sought counselling.

“His conduct was appalling and he knows it was appalling,” said Mr Eager.

Investigating officer DC Wayne Pilkington, of the Paedophile Online Investigation Team, said: “We are sincerely grateful to the victims in this case who have been so brave in supporting our investigation.

“This is a clear message to perpetrators that we will take robust action, and meticulously investigate, in order to bring offenders to justice.”

The RSPCA has released harrowing images after five dogs were left to live among piles of excrement with no food in Lincolnshire, resulting in one being put to sleep.

A 39-year-old man has been banned from keeping animals for the next ten years.

Edward Ernest Lees, of Grange Meadows in Selby, North Yorkshire, was sentenced at Hull Magistrates Court on Thursday, April 8.

He pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering of a Jack Russell Terrier called Sam, as well as failing to meet the medical needs of five dogs.

It came after RSPCA inspector Laura Jones went to visit the property on Saddleback Road, Howdales in Louth on January 22, 2020.

Outside the property it was an absolute mess. | Photo: RSPCA

After asking the owner to contact her and getting no response, Laura contacted police to allow her to gain entry into the property, where two dogs were found in amongst wretched filth.

She said: “When I opened the door to the sitting room where the two dogs were being kept the stench of ammonia hit me instantly and made my eyes water.

Excrement covered the floor and food bags had been ripped open. | Photo: RSPCA

“There was no food or water available in the sitting room for these dogs, I could just see three empty bowls on the floor and two empty 10kg plastic sacks of dog biscuits which were next to a pile of excrement. The floor was also wet with what appeared to be urine.

“This was clearly a totally inadequate environment for these dogs and I was so relieved to be able to take them into our care and bring them to safety to get them the care they needed.”

The dogs were petrified, but were taken in by the RSPCA. | Photo: RSPCA

As well as this, a further three dogs were found living in an outbuilding, in which the entire ground floor was covered in faeces and urine.

A sofa and armchair were found ripped to shreds, as well as stained, and empty packets of dog food were scattered along the floor.

The dog’s ‘water bowl’ was surrounded by faeces, urine and rubbish. | Photo: RSPCA

The five dogs that were found were all crossbreeds, and were called Ewen, Colin, Jessie, Sam and Sheldon, with all but Sheldon surviving the ordeal.

Upon being found, the dogs were taken to a vet for assessments, and Sam was in a bad condition, while Sheldon was put to sleep by vet advice due to his behavioural issues.

The dogs desperately needed veterinary attention. | Photo: RSPCA

The vet report stated: “I feel that Sam was suffering. The suffering included severe dental pain, numerous open wounds, severe dehydration, active infections. His extremely poor body condition meant he was succumbing to organ failure due to lack of any form of nutrition, he had no fat reserves.”

Sam made a miraculous recovery. | Photo: RSPCA

Incredibly, Sam has recovered after fears he may have to be put to sleep, and has since been rehomed. There were also happy endings for Colin, Ewen and Jessie who have found new owners as well.

In mitigation, Edward Ernest Lees said that he had taken control of the dogs after a relative of his had died.

He then said that his financial problems as well as grieving his relative caused him to spiral out of control.

Four of the five dogs have now found new owners. | Photo: RSPCA

Lees has been sentenced to a 12-month community order, with 140 hours of unpaid work, and will also be disqualified from keeping any mammals for 10 years.

As well as this, he was ordered to pay £300 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after a hit and run in Louth on Thursday night, when a motorbike was spotted riding on the wrong side of the road.

A black and grey 125cc motorbike was travelling along Newmarket towards Kenwick Road and rode through a red traffic light at speed at around 7.30pm on April 8.

It also failed to stop for officers in a marked police car. The motorbike continued onto Kenwick Road and rode on the wrong side of the road and around keep-left bollards.

It then mounted the pavement, continuing along Kenwick Road out of Louth. The rider then abandoned the motorbike and left the scene on foot.

Officers located and arrested a 17-year-old male in relation to the incident, who has since been released under investigation.

Police are appealing for witnesses and dascham footage. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident 391 of April 8.

Alternatively, it can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

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