A MAN was snared in a police raid with the worst kind of indecent pictures of children as young as five.

Married Graham Campbell, 39, of Linnvale, admitted possessing 50 indecent images of girls being sexually exploited.

The crime took place over a six-week period, between September 8 and October 22, 2017, at a house elsewhere in Clydebank.

Prosecutor Sarah Healing told Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Monday: “On October 22, at 8.25am police in possession of a sheriff’s search warrant arrived at his home.

“The accused opened the door and allowed police officers entry.

“He told police, ‘I’ve been stupid. They are all on my phone’.

“His phone was seized and a preview examination found indecent images of children on the device.

“A systematic search of the house was carried out and a number of other items capable of accessing the internet were also seized but none of these contained any indecent pictures of children.

“At 9.50am he was detained and taken to Clydebank police office where he was interviewed, but under the advice of a solicitor gave a ‘no comment’ interview.

“Initially the phone showed up two indecent images of children at the worst category A and two at category B.

“He was arrested, cautioned and charged and made no reply.

“The phone was subjected to a full examination by Police Scotland’s cyber unit, where 50 indecent images were discovered, all of female children aged between five and 13 years old.

“They were all still images, with four at category A, 10 at category B and 36 at category C.”

The fiscal depute passed a detailed report of the explicit nature of the pictures to the sheriff, but did not read them out in court.

Campbell, a first offender, denied a second offence of taking or permitting to be taken indecent images of young children between the same dates. His not guilty plea was accepted by the Crown.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Paul said: “I would ask that his bail be continued while reports are prepared.”

Sheriff John Hamilton deferred sentence on Campbell until October 12, calling for a full criminal justice social work report and a report as to his suitability to be electronically tagged.

He was also put on the sex offenders register, the length of the registration to be determined when he re-appears for sentence.

Campbell’s bail was continued.