An investigation assistant at GMP has been commended by the Chief Constable for her work in bringing a sex offender to justice.
Lucy Nicholas, who works in GMP’s Public Protection Division in Ashton-under-Lyne, was recognised at a ceremony at Sedgley Park yesterday, Wednesday 28 September, after her work during a case was brought to Chief Constable Hopkins’ attention.
Following information received from an undercover operation, Lucy and her colleague attended the house of man suspected of breaching a sex offender prevention order and possessing indecent images.
Initial enquiries found one laptop and a mobile phone, both of which held key information that would be used as evidence.
However, Lucy had a feeling that there was more information to be found and wanted to get to the bottom of the investigation.
She sought permission to conduct a further house search, eventually finding a second hidden laptop behind the oven. Research of this laptop revealed indecent images of children and extreme pornographic material including bestiality.
Colin Hamilton 04/04/1953 from Ashton Under Lyne was found guilty of possession of indecent images, in May 2016 at Minshull Street Crown Court. He was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months in prison and will now be on the sex offender register indefinitely.
Lucy Nicholas said: “In such cases, offenders can often minimalise their actions and fail to recognise that it results in others becoming victims of abuse. It is important that people realise that there is a victim behind each indecent image of a child and it is not a victimless crime.
“I am glad that I have been able to do something to combat this and that my actions have ultimately led to a dangerous offender being removed from the community.
“I feel pleased about receiving this award, however, this is just one example of the hard work which is carried out by the unit to help try and keep the people of Greater Manchester and further afield safe.”
GMP’s Chief Constable gives out commendations throughout the year, recognising members of the public and officers for an impressive contribution to their community.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: “Lucy showed tremendous effort and professionalism on this case, going above and beyond what is expected. She demonstrated excellent leadership and worked hard to bring this offender to justice and got to the bottom of what was going on, something that is key in all of our work here at GMP.”