Stalham man sentenced for indecent images
A 26-year-old man who admitted a series of indecent image offences has been sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.
George Ince, from the Stalham area, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today (Thursday 7 October 2021) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, three counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image.
Ince pleaded not guilty to a further count of attempting to cause/incite the sexual exploitation of a child, a charge which was later dropped by prosecutors.
Ince was a serving police officer with Norfolk Constabulary when the offences were committed between May 2019, April 2020 and July 2020.
In July last year, police launched an investigation into the sharing of an indecent video of children which had been shared on messaging app Kik. Police received information on 7 July concerning the indecent material and enquiries into the account and IP address led officers from the force’s Safeguarding Children Online Team (SCOLT) to identify Ince as a suspect.
Officers attended his home unannounced the following day on 8 July, where they carried out a search and seized several devices before taking Ince to Aylsham Police Investigation Centre where he was interviewed.
Following examination of all devices, unlawful material was on one device. Ince’s mobile phone was found to contain 71 still images and 22 videos, ranging from Category A-C as well as extreme pornographic content.
Ince, who was a response officer based in Great Yarmouth, was immediately suspended.
He was later charged and appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Tuesday 3 August, pleading guilty to seven of the eight charges.
Following his guilty plea, internal misconduct proceedings were fast-tracked and at a hearing on Thursday 26 August 2021, Ince was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct. He had five years’ service.
Chief Constable Paul Sanford said: “The viewing and sharing of indecent images is an abhorrent crime, which fuels the exploitation and suffering of vulnerable children.
“What makes this case even more deplorable is that when these offences were committed, Ince was a serving police officer, the very person who should been working to prevent this type of offending and safeguarding children.
“We know the police service is rightly under intense scrutiny at the moment. When a police officer is convicted and sentenced for offences, it discredits the service and betrays that vital bond of trust with the public.
“I completely understand the concerns people have. As your Chief Constable I share that concern because Ince’s behaviour does not represent the high professional standards that officers of all ranks across the county pride themselves in while carrying out their duties, day in day out.
“Criminals will operate in all walks of life but our resolve remains the same regardless of your profession. If you’re committing these offences, we will bring you to justice.
“I want the public to know that we expect the utmost professionalism and the highest standards of personal conduct from officers. When these are in question, I’m confident we have the right processes in place to take swift, impartial and robust action and when we’re able to, we’re open and honest about it. In this cases the officer was immediately suspended and when possible in accordance with Police Regulations, the necessary misconduct proceeding was held.”
26-08-21 | 14:50
PC sacked over indecent image offences
A Norfolk Police officer who pleaded guilty to indecent image offences earlier this month has been sacked.
George Ince, 26 and from the Stalham area, was dismissed following a misconduct hearing held at police headquarters in Wymondham today (Thursday 26 August 2021).
The hearing, chaired by Chief Constable Paul Sanford, was fast-tracked after Ince appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Tuesday 3 August, where he admitted seven offences relating to indecent images.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, three counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image, relating to incidents in May 2019, April 2020 and July 2020. Ince pleaded not guilty to a further count of attempting to cause/incite the sexual exploitation of a child, a charge which has since been dropped by prosecutors.
He was released on bail and will appear at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday 31 August for sentencing.
Ince was a PC based in Great Yarmouth and was immediately suspended when the allegations came to light in July last year.
Today the panel determined his offending breached the expected standards of professional behaviour and amounted to gross misconduct. He was dismissed without notice.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Sanford said: “It’s very disappointing to be in this position; dismissing an officer for the very offences that they should be protecting people from.
“We take sexual offences extremely seriously and are committed to bringing offenders to justice. When one of those offenders is a police officer, it discredits the service and undermines public confidence.
“These images show children being abused in the most awful of circumstances and every time they’re viewed, the exploitation and suffering of those children is made worse. I find his offending to be despicable.
“I expect the utmost professionalism and highest personal standards from officers and Ince’s conduct does not represent the commitment, dedication and integrity demonstrated by his former colleagues across the force each day.
“Ince has breached the trust of the public and his colleagues, making his position in the constabulary completely untenable.
“There is no place in the organisation for behaviour like this, which justifies the decision to dismiss him without notice.”
04-08-21 | 09:32
Stalham man admits indecent image offences
A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to indecent images of children.
George Ince, from the Stalham, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday 3 August 2021) where he admitted three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, three counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image relating to incidents in May 2019, April 2020 and July 2020. He pleaded not guilty to a further count of attempting to cause/incite the sexual exploitation of a child.
Ince was bailed to appear before Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday 31 August.
Ince is a Police Constable based in Great Yarmouth and has been suspended since July 2020 and misconduct proceedings will now begin following yesterday’s hearing.