A man from Lincolnshire caught taking a picture of a toddler on a beach in Skegness has been jailed after being found in possession of thousands of indecent images of children.
Jeffrey Hart, 46, from Boston was challenged by the father of a three-year-old girl for taking photographs of his daughter. His telephone was seized by the girl's parents and he ran off.
The contents of the mobile phone were analysed by police and he was subsequently tracked down and arrested last December.
He was charged with various offences of making and possessing indecent images of children. He was investigated further after the analysis of other media storage devices recovered from his home on the day of his arrest.
After interview, he was further charged with making and possessing indecent images of children.
He faced a number of charges at Lincoln Crown Court including the possession of over 47000 indecent images and a breach of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
Sentencing him to 6 years in prison and a 4-year extended licence following release, the Judge said Hart possessed a severe danger of committing further offences against children and that the number of photos he had was 'staggering'.