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Police couple deny porn charges

Two police officers have gone on trial accused of child pornography offences.

Officers found a disc of indecent images of children at Det Con Graham Ferguson's office in Putney, south-west London, Southwark Crown Court heard.

A search of the home he shared with Pc Gerard Collins, 27, uncovered more images, it is alleged.

Det Con Ferguson, 41 and Pc Collins deny six counts of making and possessing child pornography. The trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

Det Con Ferguson worked in the Met's Professional Standards Directorate which investigates other officers.

If it is evidence of a crime it should be in a police evidence bag and sealed
Det Sgt Tim Thorne

Pc Collins works for the British Transport Police.

A disc containing 57 movie clips of indecent images of children was found when Mr Ferguson's desk was cleared after he had been off sick for several weeks, jurors heard.

One colleague, Det Sgt Tim Thorne, told the court: "It was the type of material that needs to be treated with the highest level of care.

"If it is evidence of a crime it should be in a police evidence bag and sealed.

"If it was a working copy it should still be labelled and also sealed," the officer explained.

At their home, officers found a floppy disc under the pair's bed which contained 25 child porn pictures, the court heard.

A CD and a laptop, containing similar material, were also recovered, it is alleged.

The trial is expected to last until the end of the week.


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