AN Ellesmere Port man has been jailed for possessing thousands of indecent images of children.

Ian McLelland, 46, of Naylor Road, possessed 932 indecent images and videos at the worst category – category A; 628 indecent images and videos at category B and 2,824 at category C.

McLelland had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity in Chester Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing to all charges.

These also included possessing 65 prohibited images of children, possessing 10 extreme pornographic videos involving live animals, and of distributing 12 category C images of a child via Skype.

At an earlier hearing at Chester Magistrates Court, the court heard one of the indecent images at the worst category discovered in McLelland's possession involved an infant who was "a matter of several weeks old" and was "described as extremely disturbing".

At Chester Crown Court on Friday, October 11, McLelland was jailed for 12 months and placed on the sex offenders register and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.