Jersey artist avoids jail after making more than 500 indecent images of children as young as three

Edward John Blampied was sentenced to community service and fined. Credit: ITV Channel

A Jersey artist best known for his caricatures and children's book illustrations has avoided jail after making indecent images of minors.

Edward John Blampied possessed more than 560 indecent images, mostly of girls aged between three and 16-years-old.

He was ordered to carry out 312 hours of community service and fined £2,000 after being in custody for a short time prior to his sentencing.

The 47-year-old claimed he was looking at explicit images to relieve his OCD and anxiety.

Blampied created illustrations of many Jersey businesses. Credit: ITV Channel

Alongside a fine and community service, Blampied was given a two-year probation order and told to take part in an 18-month rehabilitation programme. He was also referred for talking therapies and a psychological assessment.

In total, Blampied downloaded 568 indecent images, 44 of which were Category A - the most serious type.

The material had been viewed on his laptop in 2022 and 2023.

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