Ex-BBC news editor sentenced over child images

Graham Day
Image caption Graham Day worked as a journalist for more than 20 years

A former BBC news editor has been handed a community service order after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

Graham Day, 58, of Park Way, Droitwich, shared 43 images and downloaded more than 800 pictures and films including ones featuring toddlers.

Day, who was a Salvation Army member, was suspended from the charity in 2012.

The BBC said it was "appalled" and added Day left his post at Radio Gloucestershire more than a year ago.

A spokesman for the corporation said it condemned Day's crimes in the "strongest possible terms".

A Salvation Army spokesman added the charity takes "child protection seriously".

"We hope today's sentencing will send a clear message that any concerns will be investigated vigorously and we will work with the full force of the law to protect vulnerable people," he added.

Day will remain on the sex offenders' register for the next five years and is banned from working with children for life.

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