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BREAKING NEWS: Two Selsey men charged for indecent images

Published August 6, 2013 by misty534


A SECOND Selsey man has been charged with making indecent images of children.

Warren Hilts, 39, of Mill Lane, Selsey, has been charged with 21 offences.

He is due to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court next Tuesday (August 13).

The charges follow an investigation by the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police.

He is charged with nine counts of distributing indecent videos and images of children, a further five counts of making indecent images, six attempts to facilitate or arrange commission of child sex offences online and one possession of extreme pornography.

This comes after former Selsey resident David Ward, 38, was charged with six offences relating to a total of 24 indecent images of children.

Ward, who now lives in Southampton, is due to appear on bail at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, August 22.

He was arrested in Selsey on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, and was charged on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

A police spokesman said there are no allegations of any contact offending and none of the images relate to local children in either case.


Man charged over indecent images

Published August 2, 2013 by misty534

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A MAN who was arrested in Selsey last year, was charged with making indecent images of children yesterday (July 31).


David Ward, 38, now of Canute Road, Southampton, was charged with six offences relating to making a total of 24 indecent images of children.

He is due to appear on bail at Brighton Magistrates Court of Thursday, August 22.

Ward had been arrested at his then address in Selsey on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, by officers from the Paedophile On Line Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police, on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

A laptop computer was seized for examination and he was subsequently released on police bail while enquiries continued.

A police spokesman said: “There are no allegations of any contact offending, and none of the images relate to local children.”

‘Callous’ sex offender locked up

Published July 19, 2013 by misty534

SEX offender David Ward has been jailed for 13 years – and branded “manipulative and callous” – after being convicted of a string of sexual abuse against a girl.

He repeatedly targeted the young girl during very unpleasant incidents, a court heard.

  1. JAILED:  David Ward has been locked up for 13 years.

    JAILED: David Ward has been locked up for 13 years.

Ward, 44, formerly of Wymark View, Grimsby, was convicted by a jury of nine sexual offences, including two of rape and others of sexual assault and causing or inciting sexual acts.

He was cleared at Grimsby Crown Court of another 12 sexual offences.

Two of the guilty verdicts were on majorities of 10 to two and another was by a majority of 11 to one.

Ward was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and must register as a sex offender for life.

After the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Julian McGill, of the police’s public protection team, said the offences were “appalling” and he praised the victim for showing “courage and strength” in coming forward to report the matters.

He said: “She can now, with the help and support of her family, look to the future.

“Despite what she has endured, she remains a remarkably optimistic young woman with a promising life ahead of her – a life now free from the control of David Ward.

“Throughout the investigation and trial, Ward has shown himself to be a manipulative and callous individual.

“He clearly presents a danger to the public and, thankfully, that risk has now been removed and he is now where he belongs – in prison.”

Detective Sergeant John Shepherd said: “This sentence sends out a clear and reassuring message that the criminal justice system suitably punishes those who seek to abuse children sexually.

“This trial was the result of a lengthy police investigation, supported by colleagues from Children’s Social Care.

“None of this would have been possible without the victim and her family and I thank them for their co-operation.

“It does take immense courage for victims to come forward and face the additional stress which inevitably accompanies a criminal investigation.

“The police will always take this type of allegation very seriously and have specially-trained officers to support victims and their families through the investigation process.

“Anyone having concerns that a child may be subject to sexual abuse can report the matter direct to the police by telephoning 101.

“Alternatively, reports can be made via Children’s Social Care, Crimewatch, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) or Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP).

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