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Soham officer jailed for child porn
Anthony Goodridge
Goodridge was an exhibits officer during the Soham case
A former police officer involved in the Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman murder inquiry has been jailed for six months for child pornography offences.

Anthony Goodridge, 34, pleaded guilty at a hearing in January to possessing 330 indecent photographs of children.

Sentencing him at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, Judge John Devaux said he had no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.

He said Goodridge would serve half the six-month term and the remainder would be suspended.

Goodridge was an exhibits officer with Cambridgeshire Police during the Soham investigation.

He was dismissed by Cambridgeshire Police earlier this month after eight years as a constable.

Police message

Goodridge was first arrested in September 2002 as part of a worldwide investigation into internet pornography.

West Midlands Police was asked to investigate the allegations against Goodridge by the Police Complaints Authority.

Speaking outside the court, Detective Chief Inspector John Birch, who led the inquiry, said he was satisfied with the outcome.

"The police take this type of offence very seriously and we want to send out a message that nobody is above the law.

"This is not, as some people might think, a victimless offence.

"There are young children that have been abused in order to produce these photographs."




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"Constable Goodridge admitted downloading 330 pornographic images of children"



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