A man who downloaded thousands of images of children being sexually abused has been sent to prison. Nicholas Lorimer, 30 years-old, of High Street, Herne Bay, was arrested after officers executed a warrant at his former address in Shalloak Road, Canterbury, in November 2012.
A number of hard drives and computers were seized from Lorimer - who later changed his name by deed poll to John Conner – and he was released on bail while the items were examined.
Over 6,000 images ranging from levels 1 – 5 were found to be stored on the devices, as well as a number of movies.
776 of the images and movies were being held with a view to distributing them to others. Computer examiners also found 24 images that were graded as extreme, and 63 that were considered prohibited.
Lorimer pleaded guilty to 14 charges relating to indecent images of children.
Lorimer was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on 4 March to two years in prison.
He was also given a 10-year sex offender prevention order and must sign the sex offender register.
A Winchester MP is in the middle of the highly charged debate around whether prisoners should be allowed to vote.
Steve Brine has sat on a special joint committee in charge of looking at a bill regarding the prisoners' voting rights.
The committee have published their report reflecting the complex issue which split the members and means prisoners sentenced for less than 12 months will be able to vote.
In scrutinising the draft Bill, the Committee has been examining two separate issues: whether prisoners serving a custodial sentence should be allowed to vote; and the conflict between the European Court of Human Rights, the sovereignty of Parliament and the expressed views of the House of Commons which, in February 2011, placed itself firmly against extending the franchise to serving prisoners."
It's an experience most of us try to avoid, but hundreds of people have taken up the rare opportunity to get a taste of life behind bars.
They were on a series of guided tours around Kingston Prison in Portsmouth which closed earlier this year. What impression did they get of what it would have been like for the inmates? Richard Jones was there to find out.