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Man sentenced over child images

A former Conservative Wirral councillor has been given a three-year community order for accessing almost 2,000 indecent images of children.

Ian McKellar, 58, of Sandy Lane, West Kirby, was caught when police seized his computer in a raid on 11 May 2006, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The auctioneer, who was a governor at a girls' school, pleaded guilty to eight offences of making indecent images.

Judge David Aubrey QC described his actions as "despicable".

He made McKellar the subject of the community order on condition he attends a sex offenders group programme.

Judge Aubrey also ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years and banned him for working with children for life.

McKellar, a former chairman of West Wirral Conservatives, represented Claughton on Wirral council during the 1980s.

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