Whitefield man Adam Walton jailed over child abuse images
A man has been jailed after police found more than 8,500 indecent images of children and extreme pornography on a computer he tried to destroy.
Adam Walton, 29, of Calder Crescent, Whitefield, Greater Manchester, grabbed the laptop and smashed it on the ground as police seized it in August 2012.
Officers raided his home after being alerted that Walton's computer had been used to access illegal images.
He admitted 28 offences and was jailed for eight months at Bolton Crown Court.
Police were able to retrieve the information from the laptop when the hard drive was examined by experts.
Speaking after sentencing, Det Con Ruth Spencer said: "Walton had thousands of indecent images on his computer and went to extraordinary lengths to try and destroy it when he was first arrested.
"These images reflect a sordid and dark side of the internet that we and other enforcement agencies work tirelessly to police and when we receive information or intelligence that someone is involved in such depraved activity we will take decisive and robust action."
Walton was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and made the subject of a 10-year sexual offences prevention order.