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Brighton CCTV operator jailed over indecent images of children

Sussex Police investigated East and found devices at his home containing more than 2000 indecent images of children Photo: Photo: Sussex Police

A Council CCTV operator in Brighton has been jailed for 16 months for possessing indecent images of children.

68-year-old Anthony East, of Balcombe Road, Peacehaven, was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children and computers, and will be a registered sex offender for life.

East, who pleaded guilty to all the offences, was a Brighton and Hove Council CCTV operator.

In July 2017, police CCTV operators, who work together on the system, found that he was zooming in on children at the Level Park in Brighton without any proper reason.

Sussex Police investigated East and found devices at his home containing more than 2000 indecent images of children.

Detective Chief Inspector Pierre Serra of the Brighton Safeguarding investigations Unit said; "The indecent images were found on his home computer system and were unrelated to his work. All came from the Internet, and there is no evidence that any were of local children."

Public space CCTV monitoring of cameras across the city is operated jointly by the Council and Sussex Police. Council operators use the cameras for traffic monitoring and related enforcement only.

Brighton & Hove City Council made the following statement:

“Anthony East is a former employee of the council. He did not view illegal material at work, the evidence was found on devices at his home address.

He was immediately dismissed from the council following an internal investigation at the time of his arrest.”

– Brighton & Hove City Council