A paedophile hoarding thousands of images of child sex abuse has been jailed for three years after leaving his camera’s memory card on a bus.
Anthony Jolly, 50, misplaced the storage device which contained indecent images of children and it was found by another man travelling on the bus in Eccles, Greater Manchester in October last year.
When the card finder got home he tried to identify the owner by looking through the memory card.
But when he plugged it in he found a number of sexual images of youngsters.
Police were called who found amongst the indecent images were a number of photos of children playing which appeared to have been taken from a bedroom window.
Detectives were able to trace the pictures back to Jolly’s home address on Rosa Grove in Higher Broughton, Salford, where he was arrested.
A number of electronic devices were seized which contained thousands of indecent images of children.
Jolly pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children and was sentenced to three years in prison at Manchester Crown Court today.
He was also given a sexual harm prevention order.
Detective Constable Jill Vescovi of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Anthony Jolly is a depraved predator who obviously doesn’t care and hasn’t given a second thought to the children in the images he kept and the impact this abuse will have had on their lives.
“Whilst none of the children who appear in the indecent images were directly abused by Jolly, the downloading and sharing of vile images like this fuel the trade of child sexual abuse.
“Putting a stop to the abuse of children is an absolute top priority for us and we will continue to work tirelessly to make sure that anybody who is involved in the production, sale, downloading or sharing of images like this is brought to justice.”